7 Reasons Why It’s Essential To Communicate With Your Employees

Originally published at lmt-lss.com on November 13, 2015.

Minus effective communication, employees might feel lost, undervalued, and demotivated.

As a company grows, it becomes more and more important that communication from the leadership reaches clearly and effectively to each and every employee of the company. Essentially, a company is a group of people working towards a common goal. When there’s no effective communication, employees might feel lost, undervalued and demotivated -resulting in a work force that has no commitment to the vision of the company. This is a dangerous position to be in for any company and makes effective communication an essential and indispensable part of leadership. Here are 7 reasons why you need to stress on great communication within your company.

1. Improves Worker Productivity

Research has shown that effective lateral and work group communication leads to an improvement in overall company performance. It has also been discovered that employees who were graded as highest in production had received the most effective communication from their superiors. By getting specific guidance from superiors, employees understand expectations better and can deliver accordingly.

2. Ensures Consistency

By clearly communicating to everyone what the company is trying to achieve and their role within it, there will be a reduced tendency for people to come up with their own interpretation of what the overall goals are. When employees understand the larger vision of the company, they’ll be more inspired to work towards it.

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3. Increases Employee Job Satisfaction

If bosses or managers are able to listen to employees and respond, this leads to an increase in employee job satisfaction. An upward communication makes employees feel empowered and by asking for feedback regularly, the organization’s leadership shows that it cares for the well being of its employees. This leads to an increase in employee job satisfaction.

4. Encourages Team Building

Effective communication in the workplace helps employees and managers form highly efficient teams. Employees are able to trust the management and each other. Effective communication reduces unnecessary competition within departments and helps employees know their roles in the team and know how much they’re valued. Managers are also able to correct employees’ mistakes without creating a hostile work environment.

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5. Boosts Employee Morale

Failing to communicate effectively in a workplace leads to frustration and confusion among employees. However, managers can alleviate such problems by keeping the lines of communication open. Although pay is a concern for many workers, it’s not their only concern. Employees appreciate good communication from the management. It clears the air and produces a healthy work environment.

6. Reduces Absenteeism and Turnover Rate

Employees need to feel like they can share ideas, thoughts and concerns without any inhibitions. When they receive truthful and up-to-date information from superiors, they have a sense of security that will help them stick on to their jobs longer. Studies have shown that even after a layoff, companies that have excellent communication are able to retain the surviving employees.

7. Helps Foster Diversity

Good communication skills help to reduce the barriers caused due to language and cultural differences. Companies that provide communication training to domestic and international employees reap the benefits of effective workplace communication. Companies can avoid cultural confusion and miscommunication by training international employers early in their careers and on a regular basis.

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