Communication in the workplace is important more now than ever before. With many employees making the transition to working at home (62% of all employed adults, to be exact), conversations and meetings that used to take place face-to-face, now are held mainly over the phone, through email, and on Zoom. While some companies are thriving from these new forms of communication, others are struggling to get their team on the same page, and are having a tough time collaborating and connecting with one another.
Digital communication between your team can easily become lost in translation if you don’t have the right tools. According to research that was conducted by Stanford University, a whopping 9 out of 10 conversations miss their mark. This can end up putting a strain on the relationships with your employees and coworkers, hurting the overall productivity of your company, and can negatively affect the mental health of your team.
What You Can Do to Strengthen Communication in Your Company
Frequently Check In With Your Team: A significant amount of remote employees are struggling with their mental health right now. Not only are they trying to balance their work and home life, but many remote workers simply miss being able to interact with their coworkers face-to-face. As a matter of fact, it was found that nearly 45% to 50% of younger workers have reported a decline in their mental health since the pandemic began. This is why you must check in with your employees weekly. Ask them how they’re feeling, if there’s anything they need help with, etc. This will help to build trust which in turn, will help to strengthen your communication.
Conduct Weekly Team Meetings: Though your company may not be able to get together in-person for meetings, doesn’t mean that you should stop holding meetings altogether. Conducting weekly meetings is a crucial part of strengthening the communication between your team, as it allows them to voice their concerns, build relationships with one another, and most importantly, team meetings help to give your remote team a sense of normalcy.
Host a Virtual Work Event: Team building is a vital component of strengthening the bond between coworkers and allows everyone to get to know one another outside of work. The more comfortable your team feels with each other, the stronger their trust and communication will be. Some ideas for fun remote work events include a virtual happy hour or coffee hour, a virtual trivia night, or a virtual escape room.
Have Honest and Open Discussions: The way that people interact with one another has significantly changed over the past year. It’s been a rocky transition for many people who are now working remotely, and it’s vital that open and honest discussions are being held in the workplace. Ask your employees to communicate freely and allow them to be open and honest about how they’re feeling. As a leader, truly listen to what your employees are saying, and make changes based on their thoughts and feelings. Being completely honest with one another is only going to help strengthen communication in your company.
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