Improved workplace communication is consistently among the things employees say would increase their engagement at work, yet many companies continue to struggle to build effective communication into their cultures. Office politics, technological failures, generational differences and even literal language barriers can impede effective communication in today’s global workplaces. Still, there are plenty of things corporate leaders can do to create cultures of honesty and transparency at their companies.
I’ve been reading about effective communication strategies this week. Here are some excellent insights and pieces of advice I think you’ll find useful.
Infographic: How Important Is Communication To Your (Millennial) Employees? 15five: “What do your employees really want; a shiny new ping pong table and catered lunches or can you make them happy with the basic ‘benefit’ of providing honest feedback?
A recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees across the US found 81% of workers would rather join a company that values ‘open communication’ than one that offers great perks such as top health plans, free food, and gym memberships. Yet only 15% of employees surveyed said their current companies were doing a ‘very good’ job fostering honesty at the office.”
Become a Better Communicator to Get More out of Your Employees. Sentech Services: “A sure sign of effective communication is an engaged and productive team. In the rush of juggling multiple high-stress projects and looming deadlines, inefficient or rushed communication can often result in costly misunderstandings and even disrupt the peace of a positive work environment. Effective communication is the result of conscious effort, a commitment to word choice, and taking the time to make sure your message came across the way you meant it to.”
7 Keys To Effective Communication in The Workplace. 7 Mindsets: “Keep Emotions Out of It — If you want to drive a business conversation off the rails, feel free to inject some judgment mixed with a little sarcasm (see what I did there?). It’s important to have passion and to be able to say what you think, but when unconstructive emotion is added to a conversation, the results are rarely good. When a business conversation gets emotional, it can be one of the most unproductive, debilitating things an organization has to manage. Some such conversations resolve themselves quickly, but for those that don’t, hours can be spent in resolution management.”
What Great Managers Do to Engage Employees. Harvard Business Review: “Communication is often the basis of any healthy relationship, including the one between an employee and his or her manager. Gallup has found that consistent communication – whether it occurs in person, over the phone, or electronically – is connected to higher engagement. For example, employees whose managers hold regular meetings with them are almost three times as likely to be engaged as employees whose managers do not hold regular meetings with them.”
The 4 Principles Driving Enterprise Transparency in 2015. Entrepreneur: “Democratic information sharing. Rather than confining key information (e.g. organizational goals, performance metrics, resource utilization plans, etc.) to a small circle of executives, transparent enterprises are marked by democratic information sharing. As such, these companies drive participation and engagement at all levels, leveraging 100 percent of their knowledge capital to make better decisions.”
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