I think we all have grown up with the phrase, “Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Although, most of us in America, sung this as a little boy or girl, as we have gotten older, we realize that saying could not be further from the truth. In fact, the words we say to ourselves and each other affect us in such a way, that those words have incredible weight on how we function and how we think about ourselves daily. This question now presents itself. If we all, as humans, have the power to influence, will we choose to use this influence for good or for bad.
In a workplace environment, many individuals are usually working together. In order for things to run smoothly, many people have to be on the same page and be able to work together. However, in order to work together, people need to be able to communicate. Although this might sound like an easy task initially, it can be a burden when you start to cross a multitude of beliefs and opinions.
How does one make sure they are faciliating good communication? First off, communication should never be spontaneous and without rules. Every type of conversation should have boundaries between both people, that way both people feel respected. When both groups or people feel respected, then the communication between both of those parties remains “open.” Many times, a breaking down in communication is because one of the sides starts to feel un appreciated and will shut down. Another way to establish positive communication is to be very detailed with what is said. Vagueness is never a good thing in communication. Multiple problems begin to arise when simply a person does not understand exactly what the other individual means. Some of these tips can help not only communication in the workplace, but also in an individual’s life as well.