[This article was written by Craig Middleton.]
Of course, every organization needs streamlined internal communication to function well. Employees also want to feel that they can communicate with their upper management as well as with each other. Seamless internal links contribute to their performance and overall results. The following are actionable steps entrepreneurs can take to allow free flow of internal communication.
Create Open Dialogue
Of course, managers are bound to keep their workers up-to-date on plans, progress, and company changes. Companies can achieve this through regular meetings or bi-monthly newsletter. You also have to involve workers in all these discussions and encourage them to raise their concerns and show them that all their opinions count. Workers are more willing to contribute towards the growth of a company when they’re allowed to take part in its progress.
Take Advantage of Online Project Management Tools
Companies have access to a plethora of online tools that can help facilitate smooth internal communications. You can use some of these tools to track the progress of a project so that every worker is aware of the impact of their contribution. Face-to-face communication is still relevant, but online communication platforms such as BPM tools can aid in documenting work and saving time.
Encourage the Sharing of Information
Of course, workers need a platform for sharing knowledge to become more productive. Workers often watch the news and read blogs about industry trends, so they need an online platform to share this information. Employees will also be eager to stay involved in the affairs of the company when given an opportunity to showcase their ideas. Sharing of valuable insights will not only create more purpose and energy behind communication but also boost the growth of the business.
Make the Vision and Mission Clear
Whether as part of regular reminder or corporate training, managers should take the initiative to clarify the mission and values of the company to workers. Of course, workers need to be unified in their understanding of the interests and goals of their organization. Clarification will make their communication with each other and upper management more reliable and effective than before.
Hold Outdoor Events
One way to foster growth and encourage knowledge sharing is to create opportunities for workers to meet outside their workstations. Nothing hinders seamless internal communication than workers that haven’t interacted with each other. You can plan an outdoor event after work or during the holiday to allow workers from different departments to meet and interact with one another. That gives them something to look forward to, which in turn fosters strong communication and improved engagement.
Enable Workers to Access Information
Every firm has its set of sensitive information or internal knowledge that all workers have to understand. Workers might take time to learn how their employer does things such as preparing documents, protocol, and other best business practices. You can create paper documents and use them for reference to allow workers to learn this information quickly.
Organizations not only need to improve communication between team members but also between workers and their managers. The best time to address this is when orienting new workers and teaching them the values of the organization. Managers that take time to understand their subordinates and listen to their concerns find it easy to track progress and communicate with workers. Employees feel more connected when they know that the manager is willing to address their concerns.
Create a Budget
Of course, any manager needs resources to ensure their internal communication programs bear fruits. Organizations should weigh and evaluate the downsides of failing to invest in constructive feedback, information sharing, and employer-worker relationship to create a meaningful budget. A manager might also need to consider the effectiveness of their customer retention and loyalty programs and customer service team before creating a budget. The best way to improve communication within an organization is to set goals, identify problems, and align all strategies with its objectives.