No matter what kind of industry one works in or what kind of job is done, the most important part of the environment comes down to the communication in the workplace. In situations where there is a severe lack of effective communication, the productivity and the operation as a whole likely visibly suffers amongst workers. There is a need for communication in any company for a variety of reasons including health and safety, teamwork strategies, prevention of human resource issues, and an overall efficiency in the workplace to get the job done.
In order for communication that is not-so-great to be improved, there steps the employees themselves must take. Management can do so much towards the promotion of better communication but employees too must make the effort.
Here are some examples of employee-related communication improvements:
Nix Gossip Circles
It can be tempting to get involved in office politics and popularity contests but being involved with work gossip generally does not lead to good employee relations. Hard feelings and bad attitudes due to false information and office gossip can even get out of control, leading to more violent situations. Go to work and get the job done. Do your best to avoid cliques who only have hurtful intentions.
Keep An Open Mind
Not everyone has the same ideas of follows the same life philosophies. Just because people do not do things your way does not mean they are in the wrong. Let management handle the employees who have ideals that are not compatible with the rest of the work environment including the showoffs, the must-be leaders, and the just plain lazy. Stick to doing your job duties the way you are required and don’t judge the rest of the workplace based on your values or beliefs, force your beliefs on others, or remain uncommunicative with someone who is not like you are.
Sometimes all it takes is your willingness to come forward and address a misunderstanding. Because employees spend so much time together, conflict is common. Take the high road and do what is necessary for the situation whether it is an apology outright or at least admitting mistakes. Co-worker conflict can be a very draining situation and the sooner it is dealt with, the sooner things can become efficient again.
Management may not always be aware of communication strains in the workplace. If there are no human resources for building better team communication or boosting morale, suggest to your supervisor that they be established. If management is not open to your ideas, keep your options open for other opportunities.