Good managerial communication tips

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In this fast changing and dynamic labour market, it is essential for employees to communicate effectively with each other for better understanding as well as increased productivity.

Employees who do everything on their own get overburdened to the extent of failing to deliver on their intended targets and results. It is therefore critical to note that effective managerial communication facilitates efficient flow of flow of information among employees.

Managers need to effectively interact with their team members since problems will always remain unsolved if employees do not communicate with each other.

A manager’s task isn’t limited to sitting in closed cabins and issuing instructions to their subordinates.  He/she needs to interact with the other team members on a regular basis to find out their say in relation to their work responsibilities and duties. Below are some of the best managerial communication tips:

  • Always promote the concept of morning meetings at workplace. Morning meetings act as a curtain raiser for interactions with team members in an open atmosphere.  Communicate with your team and help them plan their day successfully.
  • Improve and polish your listening skills. A good listener is always a good communicator. Listen to the other person carefully before speaking because interrupting a conversation makes the message loses its meaning, purpose and impact.
  • Encourage team work. Employees who work in isolation hardly interact with their fellow workers. Managers should at all times make it their business to ensure their team members discuss things amongst themselves and work together.
  • Master the art of writing emails. Managers should always train their team members how to write official mails.
  • Do not call your team members one by one for any kind of communication. Address them together.
  • Think before you speak. Make sure whatever you communicate is relevant, clear and precise. As a manager avoid the habit of using complicated words, jargon and terminologies in your speech.
  • Communication is not complete unless the message is understood by the recipient

There should be no room for confusion. Give time to your team members to ask any questions for purposes of clarity.

  •  Avoid communicating in a noisy place. Have your meetings in a conference room, meeting room or any noise free zone to avoid distraction and distortion of your message to the team members. 

By Ben Oroko

The writer is Communication practitioner and correspondent based in Kisii.

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