Improve Your Company’s Communication With These 5 Steps
Internal communication is important to any business and its people: It can mean the difference between success and failure.
According to research, businesses with effective communication strategies tend to provide high returns to shareholders, have highly-engaged staff members and low worker turnover. On the other hand, misunderstandings or errors as a result of poor communication have been linked to significant revenue losses.
If you would like to drive the success of your business, you should ensure your communication strategies are up to date and effective. Below are five ways you can boost effective communication in your company.
1. Set a good example
People in an organization take their cues from those above them. If you’re not practicing good communication, it’s hard to expect your staff to do the same.
Taking the initiative to share information, provide feedback and respond to questions is the best approach to motivating those around you to do the same. Maintaining an open-door policy and being an effective communicator lays the foundation for everybody around you.
2. Keep your company’s mission and vision in mind
Communication for communication’s sake has limited effectiveness. Rather, communication should have purpose and meaning. When the things you communicate reinforce company values, it drives home the importance of good communication.
Employees must should be capable of seeing and comprehend the overarching goals of the business to be able to work effectively. Posting the company mission and top values so all can reference them sets the stage for purposeful internal communication.
3. Skip unnecessary meetings and emails
Regular meetings can be useful, but there are numerous digital tools that can achieve the same thing as sitting down for a minor meeting without interrupting individual workflow. The same approach should apply to emails. Emails can be disruptive to personal workflows and collaborative digital solutions have been shown to be more effective lines of communication in many different scenarios.
4. Flatten the hierarchy
In business, large hierarchies can lead to communication breakdowns, and more businesses are doing away with large vertical organizational structures.
Some organizations find that team structures are more effective than large top-down structures. A team-based setup leads to less bottlenecked decision-making and accessible leadership, both of which motivate fluid communications, faster results and greater adaptability. A change in structure might be challenging but doing so can lead to better communication and greater productivity in the long haul.
5. Get into the habit of good communication
Maintain regular communication operations that occur on a schedule, such as weekly conference calls or quarterly company-wide meetings. Making communication a habit eliminates wasted time because workers know information is always forthcoming and transparent. Defined guidelines help everybody get on the same page, and work on top priority issues.
Even if your business has a few people, communication abilities are a crucial part of any successful endeavor and remaining current with the most recent communication means can make your business more efficient, more profitable, and more gratifying.
At LTI, we maintain clear and regular communication with all our clients. Please contact us today to find out how our talent acquisition solutions can support your organization’s success.