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7 Tips For Communicating Effectively In The Workplace

June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 199

When good communication is maintained between workmates and officemates, tasks and projects will surely go more smoothly. Also, it will make the workplace a more enjoyable and satisfying place for employees. However, maintaining good communication in the workplace is not easy. To help you though, here are some quick and simple tips that you can use:

1) Use the three magic words

They say there are three magic words that make communication easier. When used often, these three magic words can soften the heart of even the most vicious boss. So what are these three magic words? They are 'please', 'excuse me', and 'thank you'. Always use these three magic words whenever necessary and you will find that your relationship with everyone at work will greatly improve.

2) Know your superiors in the organizational chart

At work, employees are given different tasks. Also, employees are assigned a different rank in the organizational chart. Everyone that is above you in the organizational chart can be considered as your 'superior'. Needless to say, you will have to consider the rank of an employee when speaking/addressing him/her.

As a basic rule, you will have to show more respect and courtesy when talking to someone in the higher position. Of course, it is necessary that you show respect ad courtesy to everyone. However, you will have to be more submissive when talking to your superiors.

3) Know your place and their place

You should know well your task in the workplace. Likewise, you also need to know the task of others. By knowing your place and knowing their place, you will have a better idea on how to deal with your workmates/officemates. You will also avoid making requests that you should not make (e.g. requesting someone to do internet research when it is not part of his job description).

4) Learn the difference between request and command

When asking someone to do something for you, make sure that you say it as though you are making a request. This is especially true when making a request on someone who has the same organizational rank as you. Even if you are in the commanding position (e.g. manager, supervisor, OIC), it is still important that you give out orders as though you are making a request. If you do this, everyone at work will respect you more.

5) Show good performance

In a common workplace, the performance of one person will affect the performance of others (e.g. when the stockman forgets to order new supplies of chicken dressing, the pantry cook will not be able to do his/her job properly). As a result, employees often become cynical on employees that do not perform well. So make sure that you always show a good performance (e.g. come on time, finish your tasks on time, etc.).

6) Improve your personality and attitude

Other than your performance, your co-workers will also observe your personality and attitude. If they brand you as someone that they do not like, it is possible that they may exclude you on everything (e.g. will not sit with you during lunch). Also, your communication with them will be greatly affected. Therefore, you should learn how to show better personality and attitude.

7) Avoid topics that breed arguments

And lastly, you should avoid topics that usually lead to arguments. These are topics on which people have differing opinions. This may include politics, religion, racial topics, and some current events.

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