Research by ClearCompany.com states that “86 percent of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.”
The frustration of employees expected to perform and produce without clear direction from managers has long been an issue in the workplace. And while employers may recognize the need for better communication within the workplace, they are often slow in implementing powerful changes that could easily encourage:
- More effective dialogue
- Greater understanding
- Increased productivity
While better workplace communication may be at the top of the list of workplace changes desired by most employees, resistance to change can reside at any level of an organization and is often the biggest obstacle standing in the way of a team’s success. Knowing how to overcome this resistance is vital to making the workplace better for everyone involved – and these five powerful, easy to implement changes are a great place to start.
Making Workplace Communication Better for Everyone
- If necessary, provide details and case studies to your team to help them understand why change is needed. Be specific about the need, the plan going forward, the desired outcomes/goals. Managers who are willing to hear from employees, who practice welcoming and encouraging input and opinions, benefit from stronger working relationships built on trust – making it easier to lead with successful results.
- Improve workplace communication on every level. Today’s technology provides useful tools for making information visual and engaging, updated and fresh. Providing too much communication is rarely the problem. In fact, well-informed employees report higher levels of job satisfaction, place a higher value on what they do, and take a higher level of responsibility for their work. You cannot over-communicate when it comes to creating a highly successful team.
- Everyone benefits from transparency and honesty in the workplace – and for the most effectiveness, this must begin at the top. Would it surprise you to know that many successful executives credit writing out and adhering to their personal mission statements as a guiding principle for their success? In 2014, Google described its mission as this: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” For years, Coca-Cola’s mission statement has been, “To refresh the world. To inspire moments of optimism and happiness. To create value and make a difference.” You’ll lead with more success when you truly understand yourself and are able to help others to understand you, what you expect, what you stand for, and what you will not settle for.
- Work to improve and strengthen your organization’s culture. Create clear guidelines for hiring and be sure that those involved in the process know where the bar has been set – what’s expected and what constitutes a ‘good fit’ for your business. If you’re interviewing for a position, do your research and prepare. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you would be a good fit for that company and the role you would play. Don’t waste your time – or theirs – if you’re not confident that it would be a good fit.
- Provide the training team members need to perform at their highest level. Most employees WANT to do their best, to succeed at what they do and be promoted in their careers over time. Making training and on-going education available to your employees is a powerful way to guarantee strong working relationships and a strong future of your company.
Powerful Changes that Improve Workplace Communication
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