Nobody can establish a meaningful presence in any industry on their own, and while your business may be your baby, it relies on the hard efforts of other people to make it a success. That’s why one of the key features in any successful venture is good communication between all players in the company, from the very top (you) all the way down to the entry level staff. When communication is given special emphasis within a company, it creates a synergy, and people are able to work towards a common goal more effectively. This is how you do it.
One of the biggest challenges a leaders of a company will face is being able to engage with staff underneath them in an open, honest way. If workers are holding back, there are things you don’t know – things that maybe you should know. Establishing an open door policy between all staff members is key to creative an environment where communication is valued. It doesn’t have to be a literal open door policy (you’ll be busy and need time alone in the office), but more an attitude that says “you can always talk to me”.
In today’s world, people who work closely together might go days or weeks without even seeing one another in the flesh. This is an easy trap to fall into, and can set back the communication initiatives you’ve established. However, there’s plenty of software tools that can help: the obvious ones are Skype and Google Hangouts, which allow video conferences at any time, but there are others, too. Communication is just about everyone being on the same page as it is about conversation. Working on a big deal? Then risk assessment software will let everyone have access to the need to know details, reaffirming the common goal, while setting up an office intranet system will improve communication in a simple, social way.
Mix Things Up
Communication going only exist in the workplace. If it does, it’ll soon stagnate. Freshen things up by introducing new ideas for communication within your company. Setting up a private social media page for employees could help foster relationships, while company days out and after work drinks allows people to collaborate and communicate on a more personal level.
Making Sure Everyone Is Involved
There’ll be a whole range of personalities in your office. Social types, business focused types, and also the quiet ones. The latter can be stellar at their job, but communication isn’t quite their strong point. This is perhaps where you need to become a little bit more innovative in your approach to fostering communication. Suggesting one-on-one social lunch meetings or asking for their suggestions on what might constitute a positive office day out for them would be a start.
Chatting Brings Success
Finally, let your employees talk with one another. You don’t have to facilitate anything if they’re doing it themselves already.While water cooler chat may, on the face of it, appear to be simply a distraction from work, it’s helping reaffirm strong communication habits between workers. If you want your business to emphasize communication, and you should, then you can’t make it just exclusively about work.