5 ways to avoid miscommunication with your employees

The next time you talk with an employee, close your office door, turn away from the computer, and resist the urge to finish his sentences.

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Have you ever been in a conversation with one of your employees and found it hard to communicate with them? Or, after you’ve had the conversation, it turns out there were misunderstandings that were not clarified, and led to further miscommunication down the road?

There were probably several factors to blame. Many times, without consciously knowing it, we set ourselves up for defeat when trying to effectively interact with another person. Whether it is on the phone or in person, there are some barriers we must eliminate if we are to be successful in our communication.

Here’s some advice.

Close your door. Many times, without meaning to do so, other managers or employees can hamper your efforts to connect with the person with whom you are communicating by interrupting or disturbing your one-on-one conversations. By closing your door, you’re sending clear message that your communication time with the people in your office is important no matter who they are.

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