Improving Communication in the Workplace
Strong communication is essential to a successful business. Better communication can lead to increased morale, productivity and commitment amongst your employees. Spend time and energy creating a more open and communicative work environment and you will be rewarded with trusting employees, who’re able to communicate effectively with their colleagues, managers and customers.
The importance of communication in the workplace
Let’s have a look at the many reasons why organisations can benefit from prioritising communication in the workplace.
Many organisations report that their employees’ goals do not align with corporate purposes which is a result of poor communication. Leaders and managers who have everyone singing from the same hymn sheet have more success in the workplace.
Increased productivity and engagement
Keeping employees in the know with company news and updates leads to a more productive workforce.
Improve workplace safety
Better communication in the workplace will equip your employees with better crisis management and improve workplace safety.
Encouraging bottom-up feedback can lead employees to stay longer because they feel involved in company progression.
Better interdepartmental collaboration
Good communication leads to better interdepartmental collaboration. Companies see great results when their departments work together like a well-oiled machine.
More efficient remote working
Remote work has become the new norm for many industries over the last year. Good communication among remote employees helps to keep everyone motivated and included.
Promote a culture of open communications
Now that we’ve covered some of the benefits of improving workplace communication, we’re going to show you some ways to facilitate it. The important thing to remember here is that open communications need to become part of your company culture if you want the benefits to last.
Regularly check in with employees
This is an effective way to promote strong communication. Make your employees feel like they have a voice by scheduling one-on-one meetings where you ask them for feedback and suggestions, and also ask about their current projects. If your staff feel like they’re being listened to, they’ll be more likely to talk.
Start an “open door” policy
Many employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their boss, or sugarcoat it when they do. Instead of waiting for them to come to you, reach out to your employees and invite them to come and talk to you whenever they have something on their mind. An open-door policy will motivate your employees to communicate with you and result in better connections and meaningful conversations.
Utilise social media
Encourage your employees to engage with the company’s social media, and as a result, engaging with each other. Ask them to like, comment and share posts about the organisation, this will spark conversations and create a sense of togetherness.
Rearrange the office
Communication in the office is often stunted by an inefficient layout. Open up your floor plan, get rid of cubicles and partitions and make sure everyone can see each other. Not only will this encourage communication between employees, but it will also create a more enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere – it’s a sure-fire way to boost morale!
These are four great ways to open up communication channels amongst your workforce. The aim is to give all of your employees a voice, so that every employee feels comfortable communicating freely with their peers, colleagues and superiors.