Great Communication, Great TeamHave you ever hear people say things like, “Management never lets us know what’s going on,” “Our questions and concerns don’t get through to them” or “They just don’t care." "They’re too busy looking out for themselves”?
Unfortunately, this lack of communication is typical of the situation in too many organisations. Here is a list of the most common failings by managers that help to foster communication breakdown:
The Top 10 Communication Sins:1. Commanding: Ordering people around tends to produce resentment and anger. Statements beginning with “You must…” “You have to…” “You ought to…”often produce responses (usually not verbalized to the manager) such as “who do you think you are? I know my job a lot better than you do!
2. Threatening: Statements such as “If you don’t...” or “You had better…”encourage rebellion and attempts to beat the system.
3. Giving unsolicited advice: The only advice that is valued is advice that is asked for. The statement “What you should do is…” often produces “I’ll do it my own way”.
4. Vague Language: Saying, “We need to come up with a better system” produces confusion. Is the employee getting an assignment? Is the manager looking for suggestions?
8. Playing psychologist: Starting a sentence with “Your problem is…” will produce “You don’t know anything about me, why don’t you take care of your own problems first.”
9. Avoiding Issues: This may be the biggest complaint against managers. We’ve all heard “Let me check it out and I’ll get back to you”. “Here we go again – another issue avoided…”
The Rules of Effective Communication:1. Develop trust: It's not automatically given; it must be earned
2. Openly communicate more than you have to or need to. Make it your top priority.
Recognise that the job of the manager is to remove roadblocks, irritants and frustrations, not to put them there. Remember employees are important and want to be treated that way. They want to feel that they belong and that their work makes a difference. If they aren’t made to feel this way, they’ll work just hard enough to get by. Don’t let it happen to your company!