Communication is key in all facets of life. So many misunderstandings, mistakes, and hurt feelings could be avoided if persons relaying and receiving information would take the time and effort to communicate effectively with each other, without any delays, defenses, senses of entitlement or ego trips. As many of our respective employers or employees are often from a diverse pool of candidates, understanding one another in a professional and cultural sense may take some work.
If you have ever struggled with effectively communicating with those in your office, here are five tips for both employers and employees to incorporate into their daily work lives to make the work day a little easier.
Foster an Environment for Open Communication
Being friendly and open to brief discussions, even if during a busy work day, may break down barriers and foster a relationship for being able to discuss many things in an honest and open demeanor in the future.
Being clear with the information you are attempting to relay and/or are seeking, is almost 100 percent of the battle. This includes utilizing language that all parties understand (i.e. – no jargon, acronyms or slang). Do not assume that the other party is privy to information that you are presenting or asking for.
Sometimes asking an open-ended question can procure additional information that will allow for two – way conversations and the expansion of previous ideas. Seeking the input from employees can also make them feel appreciated.
Have In-Person Conversations
All controversial or sensitive topics or issues should be discussed in private, and in person. This is to avoid rumors, violation of privacy rights, and allow facts to be presented in a direct and effective manner.
Written Communication Should Be Brief, Accurate and Include Facts
If a party is citing company policy, a copy should be included in any correspondence. Make sure all parties have access to any information that is being presented.
Fab Finds: Work Wardrobe Essentials Inspired By Olivia Pope
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1. The Cape
Olivia Pope's plaid cape, styled with her signature elbow-length gloves, is a must-have for any modern woman's work wardrobe.
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Scandal x The Limited plaid cape, $228
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Forever 21 refined cape, $33
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Nasty Gal english nights cape, $88
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Calvin Klein zip front belted cape, $123
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6. The Sheath
Olivia Pope nails the professional yet feminine look, thanks to her arsenal of figure-flattering sheath dresses.
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Calvin Klein colorblock sheath, $68
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Ann Taylor sheath dress, $139
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Nine West cap sleeve belted dress, $75
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Scandal x The Limited tulip skirt sheath dress, $128
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Olivia Pope never fails to look professional and polished in a pair of dress pants, always tailored to perfection.
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Ann Taylor tab waist ankle pants, $98
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Banana Republic herringbone trousers, $56
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Dillard's white trousers, $35
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Scandal x The Limited wide leg trousers, $98
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16. The Trench
No one wears a white trench coat quite like Olivia Pope. Throw one on to add instant polish to your work look, and don't forget your power strut.
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Ellen Tracy double breasted trench coat, $168
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Express classic trench coat, $128
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ASOS skater trench, $53.32
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Ann Taylor edgy trench, $248
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