Don't let poor communication among your workers and managers get worse. It can lead to a serious decline in your firm's health. But there are ways to perk up communication. Here are some smart tips for improvement:
Check in with employees on a regular basis. Meet with them either in person or online every few weeks or months, inviting discussions about their projects, tasks and the organization as a whole.
Make internal knowledge and documents easily available. Especially for new employees, it can be difficult to learn the ropes and understand how the company actually operates.
Assess your communication methods. There's email, telephone, messaging and in-person communication — some of these modes may be more useful than others.
Implement social intranet software, for instance. Comprising a variety of tools that can help improve daily business processes, an intranet features a platform that allows easy retrieval of old conversations.
Have an open-door policy. Employees wonder how to communicate with managers and CEOs. They may not feel comfortable approaching the boss, and this apprehension blocks communication.
Take advantage of social media. It's a powerful aid for business.
Create an internal language to improve your employee engagement strategy.
Strengthen connections between managers and employees. If managers and employees don't work hand in hand with each other, encourage stronger, more collaborative relationships.
Don't chastise mingling. Watercooler chat may seem like wasted time and, therefore, wasted money, but it's an essential aspect of relationship-building.
And here are some short ways to get with it:
Improving workplace communication can be time-consuming, but it is best approached by trying to implement a number of tips at the same time. You're bound to see positive results. For more on how you can improve internal communication, give us a call.
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