5 Tips For Improving Team Communication

It is critical for your team to communicate well. You want each person to feel comfortable enough to speak their mind, approach other team members and voice their ideas. While communication may seem like a simple task, you can work daily to improve it and improve your overall team dynamic with these 5 tips:  

Keep an open door policy.

When you’re in leadership, having an open door policy will encourage your team to approach you with questions and concerns rather than keeping the bottled up. Your people should know you care and that you are there to help them.

Decide what kind of communication works best for your team and for your organization.

Within each team, you’ll quickly see what works best: email, instant message, calls or even conference calls. If you have a group of people that enjoy their face-to-face social time, you’ll want to schedule group meetings and video conference calls.

Understand your people and their diversity.

Each person brings something unique to your team and once you understand and can work with them, you’ll have a stronger team. Get to know what struggles your people may be facing both professionally and personally and let them know you stand behind them to help them.

Set an example by taking ownership for your mistakes.

This will help each person in your employ to do the same. Not only will you be able to find mistakes faster when they are owned up to but you’ll be able to fix them as well. Your team needs to know they can make a mistake, communicate what went wrong and then move forward from it.

Do fun things to boost morale.

While this may not seem like a way to improve communication, the atmosphere of a fun event can do a lot to break down barriers. Between jokes, laughing and enjoyable memories, your team can cultivate a new appreciation for you as a leader as well as learn to appreciate the others around them. That informal setting can be a positive way to grow your team.

Commuciation is more than just team meetings and pep-talks; it’s about the way you talk to your team on a daily basis. Are you a positive support in their routine or do they dread reading an email from you or attending another meeting? Do what you can to communicate the right message to your team, every chance you can. With locations in PortlandClackamasBeavertonEverett, and Vancouver, our skilled recruiters are ready to help you make your workplace the best it can be! Call NW Staffing today.

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