Lessons on Communication in the workplace
Updated: Nov 29, 2022
Don't be scared to communicate openly and honestly with your superiors. When you don't comprehend something or don't know how to do something, be honest about it.
This year is almost over, and I can tell you that communication is essential in the workplace no matter where you work. This year, I moved from intern to full-time employee at DLK Group, and I'd like to share some of what I learned. So this is what I discovered:
Transitioning from a "you"-centered setting to a "team-centric environment" can be difficult at first. A strong communication foundation makes it easier to adjust to a work environment where your job impacts the work of others. In workplace communication, there are key rules to remember:
Determine the primary means of communication in your organization
With the introduction of the necessity for remote work, most organizations have had to re-establish their preferred mode of communication. It will depend on the needs of the company whether it be Microsoft Teams, email, WhatsApp, an internal system, or all of the above. Make sure you understand what is being utilized and when it is being used. This ensures not only that you speak effectively but also that your communication is seen.
Choose who you want to communicate with
Different people require various types of information. Understand who requires what information from you and when they require it. Communicate relevant and important information. Keep in mind that you must communicate whatever you do to your superior.
Always keep the team updated
Make sure to discuss your progress on any given task
Communication does not end when a task is completed; make sure to discuss your progress on a given task, and any work that you find difficult or challenging, and ask questions when you are unsure about something.
Communication is not only about what you have done and what you will do; don't be scared to communicate openly and honestly with your superiors. When you don't comprehend something or don't know how to do something, be honest about it. When you initially start out at a job, it is expected that there would be things you don't know how to accomplish or comprehend. Don't put yourself under unnecessary pressure!
"Communication is key," as the old saying goes. Learning how to communicate effectively through speaking and writing will instantly boost your value in the workplace and turn you into a dependable and valuable member of the team.
Written By Wilbur Kepkey