Communication is key in any office. Internal communication can be difficult, especially when you throw different generations and personality types into the mix.
Here are some tips to help communication in your office:
- Don’t overuse technology. We are in a world where technology can be the death of us. Know when to use it and when not to.
- Schedule group and one-on-one meetings often to keep everyone on the same page.
- When delegating a task, be concise, but specific, especially if you want something done a certain way.
- Give your coworkers your undivided attention when listening to them.
- When you need to bring up something that is negative, get right to the point.
- Keep body language in mind, it does play a very big role in communication!
- Find a project-management tool that works for everyone, for example, we use Asana in our office which is a web-based application that is designed to help with teamwork without email.
- Provide regular feedback.
- When delegating a task, check in with the assignee to make sure they understand the task.
- Use resources such as the Strengths Finder quiz to find and understand your coworkers’ strengths and weaknesses.
- Give everyone in the office a chance to provide feedback or suggest changes. At our office, we meet every other day to huddle with the team. We use this opportunity to catch each other up with tasks and projects, and ask for/offer help.
- Team building activities can help foster cooperation!
- Have a plan to follow when solving office disputes.
These are just a few ideas that work well for the Red Shoes crew; remember that everyone – and every team – is different. Try these tips out and feel empowered to tweak them to fit your workplace.