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Best Practices for Improving Communication in CoworkingOPINION
by Charlie Cutler, March 15, 2022
Although it has been around a long time, communication has changed a lot. Messengers with documents used to be sent to share information, and delegates who represent a country can visit another to discuss matters of importance.
With the telegraph, this got a lot easier, and nowadays we have internet lines and radio.
And what about interpersonal communication?
In the modern age heads of state (especially these hit by the pandemic), I believe people are more likely to choose communication to express their feelings, either in person or via teleconferencing.
And teleconferencing we’ve discussed. Check it out HERE how that should look.
And in this article, we cover everything you need to know to improve communication at work.
A Good Strategy Makes All The Difference
What is a company without an effective internal communication strategy and action plan?
Effective internal communication is key to growing a successful business. Poor internal communication can badly affect your business, and it’s one of the most common challenges companies face!
Studies show that only 40% of employees feel that they understand their company’s goals and vision. And according to Gallup, only 15% of employees feel engaged in their jobs. This is why you need good communication.
According to Udemy Research, bored employees are two times more likely to leave a company.
This study points out a common challenge most organizations face – Lack of engagement and a sense of belonging.
Check out these quick stats:
- When employees are engaged – profitability increases by 21%.
- High-performing companies are TWICE as likely to keep communications jargon-free and straightforward.
Understood the importance of Internal communication? Internal communication and company culture go hand in hand It’s time to discuss some strategies to improve communication in the workplace.
1. Share Vision, Strategy, and Expectations
Reflect on your own (company’s) culture. Share your personal mission, goals, expectations. Every company has a mission and vision because they want everyone to work towards achieving it.
However, as employees get busy with their day-to-day activities, they may forget the company’s underlying mission statement.
Especially if you’re a leader, it becomes your responsibility to keep reflecting on these values as you communicate internally in your organization. Make sure to remind your employees about the company culture from time to time.
Similarly, employees should be introduced to your company values with training sessions, one-on-one conversations, and more.
2. Give and Request Feedback
60% of internal communicators don’t measure the effectiveness of their strategy.
While communication methods must be established in your organization, you must also go back and review them. This is because until you know what the shortcomings of your existing methods are, there is no chance that you can improve them.
Reach out to employees, colleagues, and friends in need and initiate an open-door conversation.
Even though the human resource department’s job is to make sure of your employees’ well-being, you might not find them very resourceful, especially with people working in a remote environment.
3. Choose Transparency and Accessibility In Communication
Whether you choose to invest in an instant messaging tool or meet up with colleagues, these little changes can help you build a healthy company culture, and improve communication in coworking.
People around you may start to feel free to get in touch with each other. This also imparts a feeling of staying connected with the business.
5. Give ‘Em Something to Talk About
As a leader, if it’s only you who has been doing all the talking, it’s time you changed the narrative.
You are probably reaching your customers via email newsletters. The question is, why not do it for your employees?
Let employees and colleagues share their voices. This can help everyone stay on the same with the progress and developments happening in the organization.
Making them heard and “engaged” also helps build a positive company culture because it is planned, structured, consistent, and innovative.
A healthy conversation helps build a culture of transparency in the organization. It will make your employees feel valued and believe they have a say in the company.
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