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Strong interpersonal skills are highly sought after when recruiting, but just how good is the communication between managers, team members and co-workers in your place of work?
With the rise in remote working and many workers relying on impersonal technology to keep in touch with colleagues, workplace loneliness is becoming a pressing issue and one that is bad for business too.
Here are six bite-sized benefits for why the art of communication should be a top priority for all organisations to master.
- Stronger management
Leaders who are more adept at communicating make stronger managers.
Being able to coax the best from their workers comes from the desire to help their direct reports reach and achieve their full potential. A coaching style of management empowers workers to communicate and help one another and above all keep the organisation on track to succeed in its product and service delivery.
- It increases motivation
Communication is integral to company culture.
If your workers feel they are not being listened to, it can impact heavily on their productivity and engagement levels. Having an open and honest line of communication between managers and team members makes them more likely to contribute if they feel valued. Being heard and listened to builds engagement and employee buy-in and results in heightened levels of motivation and performance.
- It promotes good relationships
Good communication helps create a stronger team.
Having an open forum to talk honestly reinforces trust and respect. People will work more collaboratively and the tendency for blame and to work in isolation will be removed. Well-bonded teams will perform more effectively, enjoy higher morale and have a much clearer understanding of their purpose and how they can achieve their objectives.
- Productivity will rise
With a boost in motivation and people working more closely together, employers will typically find more gets done.
Good communication pays in higher efficiency and improves the quality of work. A happy employee with job autonomy contributes more and automatically wants to do a better job so that everyone benefits.
- It removes conflict
Clear communication is essential when it comes to breaking down barriers and removing problems.
Where people have ended up working in silos, there is often the risk that relationships have become taut and there is an air of conflict between colleagues. Everyone needs to feel they are treated equally and that their opinion matters. Clashes can be avoided if people are joined up and the time and space is made to discuss how they will work together and make the best use of their talents and skills.
- It fosters creativity
Effective communication enables creative thinking.
Teams who have the chance to work in an open, honest and collaborative culture have the best environment for creating new ideas and the confidence to experiment with new innovations. Knowing they will be listened to teammates will be more inclined to bring new ideas and ways of working to the table which is the lifeblood to company growth and value creation.
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