“Lack of open, honest communication is at the root of 80 percent of problems at work. Nearly 75 percent of employees who leave their jobs do so because of communication issues with their boss.” — Employment Times
Stop Talking At Your Team and
Start Communicating With Them
Good communication is a core fundamental of great managers. People with excellent communication skills will always excel above peers with lesser communication prowess. The price you pay when what you say is not being heard goes beyond losing profits—it’s just plain painful for you and your employees.
You may recall a fleeting memory in your youth playing the game “Telephone” or “Grapevine” to learn the essentials of communication. A group of kids would sit in a circle whispering a message from one person to the next only to succumb to laughter at the end when what was said by the last person in line was nothing close to the original. Well, in business this is a real issue, but it’s just not funny anymore.
Bad communication within a team has obvious side effects that include:
- Killing Morale
If you don’t understand the task is it can be a main point of on-the-job frustration.
- Promoting and Creating Mistakes
When communication is poor it is harder to perform tasks effectively.
- Dampening Productivity & Job Satisfaction
Employees cannot accomplish the task to expectation when the above two issues exist.
For workplace communication to happen effectively, manager’s messages work best when following these criteria:
- Quick and Easy to Remember
TIP: Become your organization’s communication guru with more information in this article, A Blissful Engagement: Tricks for Uniting Employees and Managers found here: http://bettermanagers.com/article-unitingemployeesandmanagers.
Simple, direct language keeps people tuned into what’s important. However, simple communication doesn’t come from a simple mind. It comes from tough-minded clarity of thought and carries the expectation of thorough execution. The best managers take responsibility for getting through to all employees. So just remember, keep it simple!
Stick to the cornerstones of good team communication: Delegation, Motivation, Learning and Understanding. Successful delegation starts by matching the right people with the correct tasks and then motivating them to follow through with incentives that match the priority and level of difficulty of the assignment. In this way you can ensure your team will be able to productively perform the tasks assigned, making your job easier and more efficient too!
For more helpful insights and tools read the white paper or view the webcast on Team and Communication Management found here: http://bettermanagers.com/resources. Because great teams cannot exist without strong communication!