By Ruoro Kairu
Why is effective communication important?
How can clear communication help you as a professional?
Mary sent us an email a few weeks ago. She wanted to learn how she can get her supervisor to communicate more effectively, as well as grow a culture of clear communication in the organization.
“My supervisor gives all information in an informal manner. Any communication, he’ll just tell you anywhere, sometimes, through text or a call.
It’s hard to be accountable or have clear followup when you don’t have a reference point. A lot of information is wrongly communicated, and this has come at a cost to our department. We’ve been the least performing for four months now.
Can effective communication help better our department?” Asked Mary
How you communicate as a professional will not only affect your work, it’ll also affect your career.
Here are four benefits of effective communication at the workplace.
1. It Improves Productivity
Being able to communicate effectively at work can help increase overall productivity.
Managers can understand your talents and skills and will then give clear directions to the people that are best suited for the job, thus increasing the overall turnaround time of any given project.
For example, you may be proficient with using Excel than others; therefore, through communication, a manager can identify this and task you with managing the spreadsheets.
If there was a lack of conversation, meanwhile, the project would suffer, and the entire process would slow down, negatively affecting the goal of the company, as a result.
2. It Increases creativity
If employees are scared of communicating their thoughts and ideas out of fear of being rejected, then they are likely to become stagnant in their career and only contribute the bare minimum.
However, if there is an open line of communication between supervisors and staff members, they are encouraged to be more creative and innovative within the workplace, and they are likely to put forth new and creative ideas.
In today’s fast-moving workplace, most ideas are likely to be pushed under the carpet due to a lack of communication.
3. It Improves Team Building
Honest and effective communication can create a strong team.
When employees consult with each other, consider other opinions and discuss their progress, they will be more enthused to collaborate.
As a result, the strong unit that you create makes the workplace more enjoyable, and you will be eager to perform well so they don’t let their teammates down.
4. It Boosts Growth
Great communication contributes to the growth of the business, which goes hand in hand with your career.
It eliminates uncertainties and speeds up the process of policies to ensure there is a smooth delivery of projects.
Want to grow your communication skills? Join the upcoming class on effective communication.