How to Effectively Communicate in the Workplace
- 2017/03/30 for immediate release
- contact: DJ Carlson, Peer Advisor - Academic & Career Development Center
Communication is critical to the success of whatever you and your place of employment are trying to accomplish. We all know examples of poor communicators, whether that is verbal or written communication. Below we’ll cover some pointers about how to become a better communicator so your office or workplace can function that much better.
- Face to face communication is invaluable. We all know that tone of messages and body language can get lost in written communication, such as emails or text messages. If the opportunity presents itself, try to meet with your boss or your team so you all can get on the same page about whatever you each need to do moving forward. There, on the spot questions can get asked and answered. Things can get clarified or cleaned up from there. Face to face communication is second to none in the workplace.
- Decide what is and what is not meeting worthy. Time is a valuable asset in the work day. Having people stop what they are currently working on in order to have everyone come together can be difficult. The meeting needs to be worth it. You don’t want to take 30+ minutes of people’s time to get something answered that would a take couple of phone calls or could be addressed via email.
- Emailing is an art form. Utilize email smartly to help keep everyone on the same page. Be sure to include everyone that is relevant to the task at hand. Hit reply all so when the email traffic starts flowing, everyone can stay on the same page. Also, after face to face communication takes place, be sure to send follow-up emails as appropriate to ensure everyone is tracking on what they need to do.
- Establish personal connections with everyone in your office. This will allow for you to receive feedback from the people you work with. They may point out what you do well and what you can improve on. Accepting this feedback will help you become a better communicator and it will show your co-workers you are willing to listen to them.
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