One of the serious problems that most people face at the workplace is when their intentions are misunderstood or what they want to deliver is misinterpreted. This happens when you do not know how to communicate with your seniors or other colleagues correctly at the workplace and tend to give in to your extreme gush of emotions which makes it even worse.
So that you don’t have to suffer even when your intentions were correct but your words fumbled and you became a butt of ridicule by no means. Here are a few ways to help you know how to communicate with your seniors and improve your Workplace communication:
∙ Spend time with your boss: It is important to get to know your boss well, the way he works, the way he handles different situations and how he likes things to be managed and taken care of. Once you are well versed with his work habits, it will help you build better rapport with your boss which will make your life so much easier and better.
1 – Seek feedback: This is a well-known method to improve any relationship, whether at home or at the workplace. Seeking feedback helps you both remain on the same page. It also helps you give perspective on things that you could have never thought of. There have been instances when people’s opinions about certain things are entirely different than yours which is a real eye-opener.
2 – Do not backstab: There might be times when your boss might act and react in an entirely alien way and such situations might occur more often than you can expect, that is when your faith in your boss is at a real test. At such critical, situation refrain from speaking ill about your boss and patiently let go off. These might be some extremely tough situations to let go off, but we can assure you that the efforts will bear fruit in the long-term
3 – Words spread fast and ill words even faster, keeping mum at such situations will benefit you in many folds.
4 – Don’t interrupt or correct your boss in front of others: Even though your intention might be positive to help your boss, but interrupting or correcting him might not be appreciated by your boss and your efforts can backfire. You can still correct him in person but only after he or she has finished. Your efforts to correct him in front of others will not only make your boss feel inferior but you might sound proud and then not all bosses know how to take it sportingly.
5 – Work to deliver: Even though some people might think that shortcuts can help one grow faster, we would recommend that nothing can beat the good work, even if at times your hard-work and efforts are overlooked. The growth achieved on hollow foundations does not stand strong and long. Even though you share a healthy relationship with your boss, your work and results will speak volumes about you. Also, do not forget that if you become your boss’ confidante you might as well have to work even harder.
Miscommunication can severely affect the career ladder of some people, especially those who are new to the work community. We hope these tips help you know better about how to communicate with your seniors and improve your workplace communication.