But how exactly do you improve communication with your employees? Here are five things you can start doing immediately:
1. Have face-to-face conversations.
Thanks to email, text messaging, and chat applications, face-to-face communication is dying a painful death in many workplaces. While these tools can come in handy for communicating certain things, it’s important to make time to interact with your employees in person. It helps strengthen working relationships, improve collaboration, increase trust and respect, and avoid miscommunication issues that can occur when going back and forth over email or text.
2. Keep employees in the loop.
Your employees want to feel like they know what’s going on with the company. They want insight into the bigger picture. It makes them feel important, and lets them know what they’re working for. Make sure you communicate regularly with your team to keep everyone in the loop and be sure you’re all on the same page.
3. Provide avenues for sounding off.