How we communicate with others around us speaks volumes about us. Although we communicate with different people on a regular basis, we need to know that we cannot be the same with everyone. It might sound hypocritical but workplace etiquette and social norms dictate that we follow certain rules and tips when we communicate with colleagues or bosses at the workplace. Effective communication will also get you the desired results in the workplace by bringing down delays and getting rid of any misunderstandings.Here are some tips for effective workplace communication.
Effective workplace communication tips are:
1.Be short and crisp: You don’t have to worry about offending anyone as this is a workplace and the main thing is to get the work done. When you are giving instructions or explain something, be short and crisp so the information is passed on effectively. A long winding monologue will only serve to bore the listener and make him or her miss out on important points.
2.Smile: You do not have to smile all the time, but walking around with a smile and nodding or wishing someone when you cross paths always is good. You bring cheer to the workplace and people like you better.
3.Do not gossip: It is nice to know about the people you work with, but one thing that should be avoided at all costs is gossiping. It is mean to begin with and also you never know when the gossip can reach the ears of an unintended recipient getting you into trouble.
4.Do not demean yourself: In an effort to be funny, many people tell self-depreciating stories. This is not always funny and totally inappropriate at the workplace. Your colleagues don’t have to hear about your drunken escapades of the weekend. You have friends to do that with. It always helps to maintain dignity at the workplace.
5.Do not make too many jokes: People may not take you seriously when you joke too much. Also some jokes might be offensive to some people. If you want to break the ice, be humorous, but don’t go over the top with your jokes.
6.Ask people how they would like to be addressed: It is always better to ask your colleagues and your bosses on how they would like to be addressed. Some would prefer their last names while some might be rigid and would like you to call them using a title. Ask them before you address them.
7.Dress appropriately: The way you dress also is a way you communicate with people and nowhere is it as important as in the workplace. Dress formally and appropriately. Informal clothes should be avoided unless your office has specific rules saying so.
8.Body language: Be careful with your body language as non-verbal communication is as important as verbal communication. Nod and act interested when someone is talking to you. Do not slouch when you are in a meeting and make sure you are not scratching yourself or biting your nails when you are talking or when people are listening to you.
These are the tips for effective workplace communication.
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