Those who have been in the workforce for very long can think of communication experiences that were good and bad. In order for a workplace to thrive and be a great place to work, quality communication is essential. Research has shown that one reason people decide to stay or depart a job directly correlates to workplace communication. Every employee, regardless of their job role, contributes either in a positive or negative communication manner.
If you were to rate your workplace communication IQ, what marks would you give yourself? Some job evaluations embed workplace communication in their evaluation tool. Many suggest that our typical communication speak is connected to our personality and look on life. Regardless of our personality profile and disposition, we can greatly benefit our job by following a few simple reminders and putting them into action.
1. Avoid personal workplace gossip — The job is no place to unjustly say bad things about a fellow co-worker. It has many peoples’ experience that more times than not, the gossip chain will almost always return to the person that bad things are being sad about. This will create tension and may result in the person firing back a negative comment about the person who started the gossip. The cycle will continue and cause even more discomfort and tension for many.
2. Show respect to others by keeping negative thoughts to yourself. Most of our moms instructed us when we were growing up to not say anything bad about someone else because it will only come back to haunt us.
3. Avoid the work gossip email trap. This is a sure way to cause even more grief. If you see or hear something at your workplace that is private, unfounded, or just interesting gossip avoid the trap of emailing others about it. Whoever said that email is really private may want to rethink that view. People who get the gossip email may decide to send it to someone else and not long afterwards, more destructive communication has continued in the workplace. Before you know it, you have started a rumor and angered people!
4. Getting out of the workplace gossip trap. If you have fallen into the pitfall of saying bad things about other coworkers, make a decision to stop it. When you find yourself about to unload on someone else, bite your tongue and not say anything. It will take discipline but with determination and desire, it can be achieved.
Conclusion: Use Positive Communication! Rather than gossiping about our co-workers, why not choose to see the good offered by fellow workers? This will bring greater work satisfaction to every employee as a group and individually. Furthermore, positive communication will help you to enjoy your job much better. Make it a point to compliment someone who deserves it. A great way to turn the tables is to tell other coworkers about the good job someone is doing. Not only will that constructive communication get around, but will more than likely get back to the person you said good things about it. The beauty of it is that the person may return the compliment to others about some good things that you are doing at your job also. Go ahead and start now to say good things about your fellow co-workers.