How can I communicate better with my boss and coworkers?
Last Updated: 06/21/2016 at 9:01am
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Communication is a skill to learn,always respect everyone you make contact with, be honest, open and sincere in your daily activities with the boss and your co-workers.
Don't leave an issue for too long. Approach any situation professionally and positively - you aren't looking for a fight. Feedback is a mutual thing; it should be issued quickly to prevent further issues arising, and constructively provided to allow for an effective working relationship.
Always trying to be clear on your messages, with politeness and confirming with them if they understood your message/position. Always formalize your communications to register them in case there´s a misunderstood in the future.
Communication is a two way street, in order to communicate well will them you have to observe how they are communicating with you. A lot of the time, especially at work, we are worried about so many other things that we forget to actually take part in the conversation happening presently.
Tell them how you feel, while still being professional, and maybe you guys can come to an understanding or resolution.
Stop being afraid. Easier said than done but that's the best way. Understand that your boss is just another person. If you have a problem or any grievances, present them in a professional manner. Do not fall into your emotions.
Communication can be achieved in numerous ways from typing in all caps in an email to verbal face to face communication. I would ask the supervisor for some time to discuss some ideas on effective communication that would promote a healthier workplace. One effective method is to set aside time to discuss issues but with Rules of Engagement (ROE). This will help to guide a conversation to a logical and effective point. Further set up times for follow up to issues or questions that require more research and that cannot be answered in a 30 minute time frame.
If you find common ground with your boss and coworkers it will open the gates to more effective communication. Always be open and honest with your boss and respectful to your coworkers, you will find common ground eventually.
Try to see things from their perspective(s). That doesn't mean you need to agree, just listen to what they're saying and understand their needs.
Be honest and direct, if you have a question - ask it. If you have a proble. - talk about it. Try to say only positive things about your coworkers and boss when they are not around. Try to figure out if you do not get along with a coworker is it a personality or actual work ethic issue.
Be clear in whatever you communicate. And put forth your point confidently and that will help you to communicate better.
understand that everyone has responsibilities and and everyone is equal is step number one. dont think of yourself any higher or lower than them. dont be afraid to engage in conversation and sometimes fake empathy
Try hanging out with your bosses and coworkers every once in a while out of work. Like for lunch or dinner. Get to know each other better.
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