What is insufficient workplace communication?
- Forgetting to add a colleague to an important email chain.
- Failing to mention a moved deadline.
There are endless examples to that question.
So let’s skip it and jump right into our solution on how to improve communication in the workplace in 10 different ways!
1.Launch a Buddy System
Develop a cross-departmental buddy program for new hires. The benefit of this program increases communication in refreshingly new ways while giving new hires the ability to acclimate to the company culture with a dependable support system.
2. Hold Inter-Departmental Lunches
Putting in place inter-departmental lunches not only connects different departments but fosters collaboration between departments that otherwise may not occur.
3. Go Offsite for Team Building
Here’s a fun tip on how to improve communications between individuals. Go off-site and do a fitness activity. Not only will this break down workplace barriers but opting for a fitness related activity can develop both a more productive staff and a solid team bond.
4.Gauge Employee Sentiment with 15five
Using 15five is not only incredibly easy but it allows communication and employee sentiment to be surveyed and gauged. In addition to general feedback, managers can even ask qualitative questions.
5. Make Sure Your Employees are Always the First to Know
Don’t neglect employees! Especially when it relates to big company news. Make your employees feel looped in, timing internal announcements to coincide with external ones is a great way to always making sure major announcements come from you and not someone else.
Don’t let middle management act as a filter between employees and leaders. This gives employees direct access to the leader’s point of view and vice-a-versa. The benefit: an unfiltered company that’s more strategic and focused on the long term.
Create a monthly award for outstanding performance an announce it at your next meeting or company newsletter. Employee recognition provides employees with the peace of mind that there not being taken for granted.
8.Break Your Email Addiction
Reduce your email traffic by nearly half by using the ubiquitous messaging app, Slack. Unlike email, this is company intranet which allows for the creation of different channels that anyone within the company can see.
9. Put Phones Away in Meetings
Try this! Put your phone face down, put it on airplane mode/ do not disturb, or even leave it in your bag. This not only ensures your present during every meeting but that you care about your colleagues thereby strengthening workplace relationships.
10.Deploy Project Management Tools
Don’t rely just on general communication channels. Instead, consider a product development team who’s on top of deadlines and status updates.
At the End of the Day…
Don’t let insufficient communication get in the way of office efficiency. Put into action these 10 steps and you’ll be on your way to a more functional office with improved productivity and morale.