Good communication is key for the success of any company. Miscommunication in the workplace can often result in missed deadlines, longer hours, and more work overall. Here are three common communication mistakes made in the workplace and how you can avoid them:
Failing to ask for clarification. Without asking for clarification, you can end up misinterpreting tasks and wasting your time, as well as your colleagues’ time. If you don’t understand something, simply ask someone to explain it further to you. If you raise well-informed, direct questions and ask for examples, you will end up looking a lot more competent than if you perform the task incorrectly.
Being negative to appear analytical. Many find that the easiest way to critique and analyze is to do so negatively. On a personal level, constant negativity will make your co-workers think you are difficult to work with. On a company-wide level, it can kill off a lot of great ideas. Instead of jumping straight to what you think is wrong, stop yourself. Voice your appreciation for the effort behind the idea, and mention at least one thing you like about it. Then politely explain how you feel it can be improved.
Acting overly agreeable. People tend to confuse agreeability with likeability. Your co-workers will not like you more just because you agree with everything they have to say. It is important to remember to be honest; people always value respectful honesty. You can politely state your opinion and still be liked by your colleagues.
Avoid these three miscommunications, and you will ensure not only a thriving workplace, but a thriving career.
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