Whether you are looking to establish the next great tech company or you are focused on establishing a small boutique enterprise, being able to properly communicate with your employees is a must. In fact, without proper communication from top-level employees down the chain, your business is almost certainly doomed. For all of the importance that communication effectiveness clearly holds, few businesses seem to prioritize positive business practices that can improve how their teams communicate. Today, our goal will be to walk you through the different ways that you can encourage and enhance the communication skills of your network of employees. Are you ready to save your business? Let’s begin!
Enhancing Communication At The Office
Whether you are a small company looking to break into the industry or a top-tier business looking to retain your position, effective communication will be a MUST for your business to succeed. Communication is so much more than the way that two people interact, be it through meetings or emails. Communication is actually a company-wide concept that needs to be thoroughly understood in order to be embraced. Let’s go ahead and break down the concept of communication and the ways that it can be improved.
1) Create A Community Of Feedback – Most companies will only find success when their ideas are challenged and enhanced by feedback. However, the concept of giving feedback to superiors is one that many regular employees have trouble grasping. They don’t want to step on toes, which is understandable. For that reason, you need to make your business open and honest about the role that feedback plays in the growth of your business. Embrace employee feedback and even encourage it by way of scheduled meetings.
2) Have A Clear Pecking Order – When everyone understands where they stand in relation to one another, it is easier for communication to flow both up and down channels. It can be hard to admit but having a company with a clearly defined hierarchy can be the best way to ensure that ideas are constantly flowing. After all, if your hierarchy is confused and jumbled, how can anyone know who to turn to with suggestions for improvements? If nothing else, having a clearly laid out ladder will help to give all of your employees direction during their work.
3 Forget Micromanagement – As a boss, you may rightfully want to be involved in every single decision that is made at your place of work. While it is important to understand the importance of communication culture, it is also important to understand how your employees feel. Micromanagement has been shown again and again to be a quick way to fail as a company. Micromanagement doesn’t make work more efficient, nor does it make your employees feel comfortable with their work. Take a step back and allow your employees to report to you when they are ready. You’ll get better information and better work, as a result.
Growing a business is difficult. Being able to grow your business without quality communication channels is all but impossible. As we are in a new year, take the time to wipe the slate clean in order to focus on quality communication up and down your businesses ladder.