Everyone has communication challenges sometimes. The real secret is knowing how to manage them.
One of the most common frustrations I hear from my clients is that they feel out of the loop, uninformed and out of date with what’s happening in their organizations. Their managers aren’t keeping them advised.
If you’re a boss, here are some reasons why it makes sense for you to talk more to your team. If your boss is open and amenable to suggestions, forward this article to him or her for their consideration. If you know a colleague in or beyond your industry who could benefit, pass on this email and invite them to receive “Marion’s Communication Tips” directly by OPTING IN HERE. Communicating to your team reaps benefits and here’s 3 of them listed below.
3 TOP BENEFITS TO KEEPING YOUR STAFF INFORMED:
1) BUILDS TRUST:
You will deepen relationships with your team by sharing your organization’s updates, successes and challenges. They will feel valued to be in the inner circle and privy to information not available to the general public. By pulling back the curtain and showing them some of the behind-the-scenes directions and workings, you demonstrate that you trust them … and they, in turn, will be more prone to trust you and the organization you represent.
2) ENCOURAGES EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND RETENTION:
When people feel part of a team, they are more engaged, committed, and likely to stay with the organization longer. That translates into stability for your organization, cost-savings from less required hiring and training, and more productive and committed employees. And all that equals better service to your audience and a better bottom line.
3) POSITIONS YOU AS A LEADER:
Communicating often, especially at times of change, tells the organization that you’re in charge. Being proactive and keeping the team advised avoids the dangerous situation of the unknown being filled with gossip, rumors, and stress. As a leader, you have the ability to minimize such negatives by proactively communicating.
When I speak to managers and teams about keeping their teams advised I often get asked, “But Marion, what do I say if I don’t have the answers? If I really don’t know what’s down the road or where we’re headed?”. ANSWER: you tell them exactly that. It’s OK to admit you don’t know everything. The key is, let them know that you’ll advise them when you’re advised. And then do it.
One of the greatest contributions you could make to your organization is to boost your workplace communication. Hopefully, now you have a few more solid reasons to do exactly that.
PS: Having trouble communicating with your team or getting the information from your leaders that you need? Let’s chat. Or let me know who in your organization you suggest I speak with. I’d be delighted to speak to your decision-makers and come up with a plan to move you forward and into great workplace communication.
Until next time, here’s to Better communication, Better business, Better life,
Marion Grobb Finkelstein
Keynote Speaker / Corporate Trainer / Author
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