5 team communication strategies for better collaboration
It doesn’t mean just telling people to share their thoughts, but actually doing it yourself and setting clear rules and guidelines about how to share.
It isn’t just about how you share information but also what gets shared.
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Open communication doesn't mean more chatter. It means that all relevant information should be accessible to everyone:
You should give people guidelines about how to use communication tools.
You want people to get what they need and then return to their focused work.
“That innocent ‘Hey, do you have a minute’ is one of the most dangerous things that can happen. It’s never just a minute. There’s always effort to get back into something.”
Listen, ask questions and follow up in an effective and respectful way:
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Avoiding Difficult Conversations.
Reacting, Not Responding.
Not Keeping an Open Mind. Accept and respect differences, listen without judgment and consider all sides of an issue.
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Voice and video calls can help you feel more in touch with your team and avoid the issues of asynchronous communication like time lags or misunderstandings.
However, you'll likely spend a lot of your day communicating via text as it’s a good way to interact without interrupting their work. So you need to be able to get your point across clearly and simply, show empathy and understanding, and be efficient to avoid wasted time.
Remote workers can feel overwhelmed by the amount of text they have to process. So finding ways to keep on top of what's going on is imperative for communicating efficiently with others.
Create archive lists and CC irrelevant emails to them, so you can save and share them without flooding non-involved people.
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