Why do we struggle so much with communication? It comes naturally to us. We do it all day long – in person, on phones, through text and email. When we aren’t using our voices, we’re doing it with our bodies instead.
Communication often becomes our downfall because while we are proficiently skilled in the technicalities of how to do it, we lose sight of why we are doing it. At the core of all communication is the need to keep a relationship strong and healthy. Every instance of communication we have with someone either adds or subtracts from this goal. Whether it’s about a deadline, a project or lunch next week, underlying it all is the relationship.
To maintain relationships, we need to take the time and attention needed to communicate clearly, listen attentively and be respectful. While I believe that every person we come in contact with deserves this, the relationships we rely on are especially important. Surprisingly, these are often the very ones we take for granted. The people we communicate with most often are the ones we get lazy with and expect to forgive our communication gaffs. But too much poor communication will eventually erode even the best relationship.
When you are communicating with people, ask yourself, “What’s my responsibility to this relationship?” Communicate accordingly.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
On a scale of 1-10, how important do you think communication is to your relationships?
When a relationship is important to you, how does it impact the way you communicate?
What can you do to improve your communication with others?