Whether you gather in a physical building to work together or you are part of a remote team, your communication – strong and productive communication – is going to be a vital part of your business success. The flow of ideas and information between team members needs to be unimpeded and clear so that every member has what they need to get the job done and get it done right.
Communication is the foundation of every relationship, and if it is not strong your work environment can be pretty frustrating, and full of misunderstandings, conflicts, and problems. We would like to share some tips today that can help you increase your communication, and its overall effectiveness, with your team to reduce stress and save time.
Close your office door or find a quiet corner to sit and talk with your team members one-on-one, for example. Reducing distractions makes it easier for everyone to gather their thoughts and communicate more clearly, and focusing on one another builds stronger relationships, as well. Put the phone and the emails on the back burner while you interact with your workforce. If your people know you care about what they say they will be far more likely to let you know what is really going on, which in turn will increase and strengthen your communication processes.
Emails are convenient – we all know that. They are also prone to causing confusion, and we all know that, too! Eliminate these kinds of issues by talking with people face-to-face or by voice. Video calls are a great way to communicate since you can see the other person and get a much better sense of how they are feeling or what they actually think just by their body language; visual cues are one of the main methods we use to gain an understanding of others. In our digital world, maintaining a personable approach is vital to strengthening our communications and relationships.
Meetings are a business staple, but they can be an inconvenience, too. There are many online tools that can help you share team information without having to interrupt the daily workflow. Emails are another mode we use to communicate often, but they are quickly becoming outdated, due to their limitations when it comes to the collaborative flow that is needed in today’s ever-more-virtual companies. There are some amazing social networking programs out there that make short work of problem-solving, updates, and sharing information across departments – great for teams who work next door to each other, or on the other side of the world, and Piccolo Marketing can help you choose the one that is best for you.
If you are looking for ways to increase the communication, collaboration, and innovation of your team, we are here to help. Piccolo is a team of marketing professionals committed to helping you achieve all your business goals. Let’s talk about communication!