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So, You Think You Communicate Great With Your Employees, Do You?

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 | Category: Employee Relations, Human Resources, Our Blog, Talent Management

We sometimes wonder how many managers out there consider themselves great at communicating with their staff, but they might, in fact, need to improve their employee communication skills.  Or, in graphic illustration:

How many managers believe they are
communicating with their team like this:

…but actually, their employees think they
communicate more like this:

How you communicate with your team can have an effect on employee satisfaction, retention and performance, so it is a big deal. HR Daily Advisor had a good article with some excellent advice on what to ask yourself about your employee communications:

Am I communicating effectively? This is a big question and one you need to answer honestly. Consider all audiences with whom you communicate. Are you communicating effectively with your direct reports, your peers, and up the chain? Do others have the information they need from you to do their jobs? Your role as a communicator depends on the audiences you’re trying to reach, but make no mistake—a manager must be an effective communicator. Consider your strengths and weaknesses as a communicator, and set out to improve on the areas where you’re challenged.

(excerpted from "Five Questions for Big-Picture Managers in 2013", HR Daily Advisor January 11, 2013)

Do these suggestions work with your management style? Do you have any additional suggestions of your own? Please share!

(Hat tip to Bonnie Levitt, MSW, PHR, hireVision’s Director of Hiring Management Services / HR Manager, for sharing this link with your blog editor.)


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