Great office communication can be tricky, no matter the size of the office. Finding the right tools and tips to assist with it, doesn’t have it be. With over 10 years of experience in an office setting I’ve found a few stand out ideas that have made communication with a team seamlessly effective.
- Don’t be embarrassed to ask when you have a concern or don’t understand something. When you’re new to a company, this is especially important and it’s expected. Speak up! Learn from mistakes. There will be many challenges and hurdles but it’s natural, avoid being hard on yourself and stay positive.
- Communication can be both verbal and nonverbal. Tone and body-language can play a big part in how one comes across. Use eye-contact, avoid crossing your arms, as to not give off being non-participative or a closed personality. Be mindful of tone in email and social media, be clear and soft. If you are angry, give it time before responding. If it’s possible, try and meet in person to avoid any further miscommunication or frustration.
- Use your confidence. There’s a thin line between confident and over-confident. Confidence should be rooted in optimism and help with the creation process and motivation.
- Listen! The most important part in excellent office communication is to listen. It’s participating, and with that, the conversation can lead to ideas and results. Understanding the message that is being given is necessary to achieve the end goal.
Using these tips will help encourage and enhance communication in the office and help create that positive work environment we all strive for!