Fostering Effective Workplace Communication
Today, I will talk about the second part of my article “Employee Relations & Retention”. The first factor which help any organization to keep good employees and maintain working relationships at all level is “Fostering effective communication style”. So, what is effective communication and why is it important?
During my mentoring process with my clients, I do ask executives and managers, what is standing in the way of better effectiveness in their businesses and, often, they will mention the need for better communication. And they are usually correct. Poor communication does account for a multitude of workplace woes, including interpersonal conflict, wasted money and effort, poor productivity, legal exposure, low morale and high turnover.
Whether your organization has 5, 50, 500 or 5000 employees, the way it communicates will directly affect workers focus, morale and commitment. So, what is good communication?
“Good communication is providing the right kind of information and delivering the right message to your employees clearly and in the appropriate manner. Good communication is also about encouraging and having adequate mechanisms in place to allow employees to deliver information to management.”
From the above statement, there are four questions arises and they are:
1.What types of information should I be sharing with my employees?
2.How open and honest do I have to be?
3.What are the best methods of communicating to employees?
4.What are the best methods to get information from our employees?
What types of information should I be sharing with my employees
Any kind of news or information about the company’s progress, business changes and other matters that affect the workforce should be communicated to every employees. Be sure to communicate information to employees at all levels of the company, and don’t forget individuals who work remotely. Types of information to share include:
1.Vision, Mission and Goals.
3.Triumphs and Disappointments.
4.Organizational and Business Changes.
For fact, successful companies keep employees well informed by displaying copies of ads and press coverage on bulletin boards in break areas, through intranet or framed and hung on a wall. This practice helps to reinforce the company message and to demonstrate the company’s role in the industry and local community.
How open and honest do I have to be
There are some situations where you will not be able to pass of information because you are legally restricted from disclosures. But one thing to remember, “Never lie to employees or tell them half-truths”.
If people ask you questions that you are unable to answer for reasons of confidentiality, don’t falsely tell them that you have no information on the subject. When they find out that you have been untruthful (and they always do), you will lose creditability in the long run. Instead, you might answer that you are not able to share the information at this time. Barring these restrictions, give employees the information they need to know to understand the business and direction of the company, and to be successful themselves.
What are the best methods of communicating to employees
The best method of communicating important information is in person. Depending on the circumstances, it may be better to communicate to people individually, in small groups, or if practical, to all employees at once. So of the popular ways to communicate with the employees are:
1.Business General Meeting.
2.Letters from the company President or MD.
4.Email / Intranet.
Whatever way you choose to communicate, always remember, your information should be concise, clear and transparent. And you should always give employees the opportunity to contact someone if they are unsure or wants to know more about the news or information that you have shared.
What are the best methods to get information from employees
I personally believe, this is the most important factor to keep in mind if you are trying to keep your good employees and want to maintain a stable relationship in all levels. Since communication is a two-way process, you will want to establish ways for your workforce to communicate with you. Employees will feel empowered and valued, and you will be able to glean important data that will help you run your business more effectively and act on those matters about which your workers are concerned. Remember, “Never assume that you know what your employees are thinking”. Instead:
1.Encourage employees to ask questions.
2.Conduct employee focus groups and surveys about attitudes and opinions. You may be surprised by what you learn.
3.Have a process in place for employees to express grievances, and make sure you follow up correctly and in a timely manner.
4.Establish a suggestion box.
5.Consider establishing an employee hotline run by an independent provider.
6.Be informal sometimes and talk to your employees. Build that relationship. Casual conversations can yield a lot of information. Managers shouldn’t sequester themselves in their offices.
Here are the 4 factors that we should always consider carefully, if we want to foster an effective communication style in our workplace.
My next article will talk about structuring correct reward and recognition program.
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