Effective business communication in the Workplace

Effective communication between peers can boost performance, morale and productivity.Effective communication between peers can boost performance, morale and productivity.

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Can't we all just get along? Sometimes that seems like the question that is on most people's minds as they attempt to navigate the sometimes frustratingly political interactions in the workplace. Effective peer-to-peer communication can go a long way toward helping to establish mutually respectful relationships that can not only improve employee satisfaction, but that can boost productivity as well.

Commit to Building Relationships

Each person is responsible for the success of our own communications. By committing to building strong, respectful communications with peers in the workplace they're one step closer to making it happen. Taking personal responsibility for effective communication means being open-minded and willing to change behavior and communication preferences to accommodate those around them.

Seek First to Understand

Motivational author Stephen Covey said it best-"Seek first to understand." Many people jump to conclusions about the motivations of their coworkers, often attributing negative intent when none was intended. Effective peer-to-peer communications can benefit from taking time to first fully understand the other person's point-of-view by asking open-ended questions and listening-really listening-to the answers.

Related Reading: Four Effective Styles of Communication in the Workplace

Avoid Defensiveness

It is not uncommon to react defensively when a coworker criticizes or disagrees with others. But, effective communicators learn to monitor their reactions and avoid defensiveness. Doing this can be difficult and requires a commitment to taking responsibility for communication. A good practice is to ask questions before responding. This not only helps to make sure that people understand the other's point-of-view, but can also buy some time while attempting to manage a response.

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What is the importance of effective communication in the workplace

The importance of effective communication is that you can relay and get accurate informations. It also helps avoid confusions and miscommunication at work place. Therefore, gets the job well done!

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How do you get an effective communication at workplace?

I believe that the key to a successful business is effective communication. It pays for both managers and employees to encompass this skill for the workplace to be delightful, efficient and productive. Honing your own communication skill and becoming a role model in the work place is already a remarkable contribution. Seven tips: make personal contacts, listen, be clear, respect, be interested and interesting, compromise and develop a network. Improving communication skills overtime will make you more effective and productive in the workplace. This means less stress and more rewards fo…


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