Communication is a default skill on job postings – applicant must have good communication skills. With the fact it’s on 99% of job applications, you’d think our workplaces would be filled with stellar communicators. However, go into any workplace and you’ll find one of the main issues that impact our cultures negatively is poor communication.
It’s not a surprise that communication is must-have for workplace skills because communication is the lifeblood of organizations. The quality of the communication happening between employees is the energy that will be present daily. Poor communication = negative energy. Good communication = positive energy.
But if communication skills are so vital to us, why do we have so many problems with it? We forget just how all-encompassing communication is in our lives. Communication is more than just being able to write a report or a professional sounding email. Communication is asking Dan about his weekend. Communication is working through a difference of opinion with Melissa that doesn’t create bad feelings. Communication is telling Sam how much you appreciated the attention to detail he put into the project.
Communication is having body language that is open. Communication is company messages that are transparent and inspiring. Communication is people who feel safe enough to speak up when there are problems or mistakes.
Communication is everything we put into building our relationships with one another and the experiences we have together. This is what makes it so powerful when we get it right, and destructive when we get it wrong.
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 would you rate your own communication skills? Why?
How do you see communication creating positive energy in your workplace? How do you see it creating negative energy?
What can you do as a team/organization to improve your communication and create more positive energy?