The list goes on.
When starting and growing a business, there is a long list of priorities that cause you to have more stress and sleepless nights worrying about reaching your goals and being a success.
Efficient communication methods within a business often take a back seat to what may seem like more important business matters.
However, the communication between your team should be at the top of every list of priorities.
A workplace study reported that the causes of conflict in the office all fell under the title of poor communication methods, and varied from conflicting priorities, lack of communication, and a lack of understanding about the urgency of different tasks.
Everyone knows that having efficient communication methods is important, so why let it become lacklustre in the workplace?
Whether it’s in your personal life with friends and family or at work with customers, investors, and team members within a business, communication is the key.
However, how do you find what communication methods work best for you? How do you come together as a team with people whose methods might be different from your own?
Here is our 5 step list on how to bring efficient communication into your business:
1. Figure out what efficient communication means to you. What does it look like? How can you ensure that your daily routine incorporates these communication methods? Defining the communication methods that work best for you is the first step to better collaboration and a more efficient working environment.
2. Speak to your team. How do they like to communicate? What works best for the team as a whole? Integrating your own communication methods with how your team works will help to open the lines of communication, which leaves more time to get the job done. Also, having a daily check-in, stand-up or message strand where you can discuss what everyone’s focus for the day will be allows everyone to stay on the same page.
3. Make it a core value. Including efficient communication methods as one of the core values of your business shows your team that you see the value in communication. This will help you develop a strong company culture within your current team and can even help attract new talent looking for a business who invests in their employee’s future within the company. Taking advantage of the tools available to help you communicate better is also very important.
4. Lead by example. If you are in a position where the team is looking up to you; don’t let them down. If you have made it clear that communication is important to you, lead by example and communicate with your team how you want them to communicate with one another. Having an open-door policy is one important method to ensure that your entire team feels comfortable coming to you.
5. Celebrate good communication methods. When your team achieves good communication and learns how to collaborate better with one another, let them know how great of an accomplishment that is. Not only does celebrating this reinforce that they are on the right track, but it gives them incentive to continue.
Communication isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s really, really hard. But if you learn more about yourself, and your team, the communication process can be made a lot more efficient.
When communication methods are more efficient, the job gets done and it gets done well.
Who doesn’t want to do a good job and see the business they work for succeed?
Skrumble was made to bring teams together through enriching their communication methods and strengthening their company culture.