Communication blunders at work you must fear

Whether verbal or non-verbal, there are many office or work communication mistakes you make without even appreciating it yet they come back to haunt you. Being a great communicator means being in sync with what you say, how you said it, what channel or medium you choose to say and when you say it. Most times, you are understood or misunderstood as a direct consequence of these factors. Since communication is important to your success within and outside the place of work, it’s significant to have a great understanding of how best to communicate within the work. To ensure you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of your colleagues, let us have a look at some common yet avoidable workplace communication mistakes.

4 Communication blunders at work you must fear.

1.Hastening into Conclusions

Make sure you learn to control your emotions and anticipations to all forms of communication by never reacting. If a co-worker sends an email that comes across as contemptuous, do not rush into responding crudely. Before you react, seek clarity because in all forms of official workplace discussions, you must come across with the best professional standard and conduct. For electronic mail conversations or other documented mediums, make sure you respond rather than react. If it is not clear, you can make use of a private medium to have things clarified with the sender.

2.Not Editing or Having a Second Look

Before you send out that information via email or other workplace communication tools, you need to take a detailed look at your outbound message before sending it. This would help reduce errors and miscommunication. Before you say anything, reason first. If you find yourself in really unpleasant scenarios in the workplace, ensure you think through what you want to say and how you should say it. Your aim is to communicate rightly and not to be misconstrued as a result of your verbal or non-verbal cues.

3.Not Understanding Your Audience

At the heart of most workplace communication blunders is the failure to comprehend your target audience and how they take in information. In the course of understanding your target audience, you will also get a hint of other personal and non-personal influences that can hinder their understanding of your message.

4.Supposing vs. Asking

In most workplace communications where the sender or receiver responds, it is usually as a result of either one or both parties assuming other than asking for clarity on the subject, project or task. When communicating within the work environment, don’t hesitate to ask for a one-on-one meeting to increase a better understanding of what has been communicated to you.

To conclude, other workplace communication blunders can comprise triggering information overload for the receiver. It can also be as a result of using jargon that have not been earlier encountered by your audience. Make sure you never assume that your message has been seamlessly understood. You need to be a better listener and endeavor to be more open to feedback from the recipient of your message. Whatever the communication mistakes are, realising them and making improvements would ensure your workplace communication is smooth and unhindered going forward.

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