Effective Management Communication Tips
Did you know that 69% of managers are uncomfortable communicating with their employees?
I believe this is a huge problem. The inability to communicate hurts the employee, the team, and the business. As a leader in your company, it is important that you are able to communicate effectively with your employees and team members.
Here are a few of my effective management communication tips:
1. Hold regular one-on-one meetings. Make sure to focus on the employee, not the business. Really get to know what your employee needs, wants, and develop a plan to help them achieve their goals. This builds trust.
2. Be specific in your feedback. The more specific you are, the better your employee will understand what is expected. This also makes it easier for you as a manager to offer support and mentor your employee.
3. Listen to your employees. Over the years I have found that letting employees, teammates, and co-workers actually speak (novel idea, right?) and share ideas is extremely valuable to the culture of the business. Remember, conversations are bi-directional, so make sure that you are listening.
4. Make eye contact. I am going to be the first to acknowledge that I have a hard time with this. However, making eye contact instills trust. Just make sure that you are making eye contact like a normal human, not one of those weird creepers.
5. Put the technology away. If you have an hour scheduled, give your employee your undivided attention. There is nothing more important than a conversation with your employee. If needed, go offsite or out for a walk. Just make sure to close the laptop and put the cell phone away. By the way, this is one of my biggest pet peeves.
I hope these tips help you get a little more comfortable in your communication. Your employees will appreciate the attempt to increase your communication effectiveness. Let’s face it business is hard enough, let’s not let bad communication bring us down. Communication could be the reason employees stay or bolt for another company. Remember, direct managers are often the reason employees stay or leave.
What other communication tips do you have?