Every workplace has a unique dynamic directly related to how workers there interact with one another. When communication is easy, open, and honest there is less opportunity for misunderstandings and more opportunity for colleagues to operate from a place of trust and respect for one another.
Of course, no workplace is ever perfect and no matter how hard you try it may not be possible to avoid conflicts. But it is possible to help those with whom you spend the majority of your time each week to better understand and respect you.
Better understanding in the workplace begins with great communication. It is about honestly talking with and genuinely hearing from one another. Exchanging feedback is beneficial for gaining insight and learning more about your co-workers – and yourself.
Here’s how to get great feedback from colleagues:
- Appreciate what each team member brings to the table.
- Maintain a polite, respectful, and cordial environment.
- Ask your co-workers for their opinions and make room for their ideas
- Encourage others and acknowledge their efforts at every opportunity.
- Put forth effort to acquaint yourself with the everyday interests of your co-workers.
- Practice being a good listener and engage your colleagues in meaningful conversations.
In an earlier post, I talked about 7 Actions That Speak Louder Than Words. It’s important to be someone that your colleagues can depend upon to ‘say what you mean and mean what you say’. When your colleagues are asked, they will have great feedback about you and your work because you’ve consistently given them the right message – both verbal and nonverbal.
What would your colleagues say about you if asked at this very moment? If you’re not sure about the feedback you’d get, our DiSC® program can help you gain insight into your own behavioral style, while discovering techniques that lead to more effective communication in the workplace.
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