Effective Communication Between a Manager and Employee


Awareness Advantage Podcast
Effective Communication

Kevin McCarthy, and Likky Lavji

Effective communication between a manager and employee is critical  for creating a productive and happy work environment. Here are some things that make communication more effective between a manager and employee:

  1. Clarity: The message should be clear and easy to understand.
  2. Active listening: Both the manager and employee should listen to each other and ask questions if they need more info.
  3. Openness and honesty: Both parties should feel okay with sharing their thoughts and opinions respectfully.
  4. Two-way communication: The communication should go both ways, with the manager providing guidance and the employee providing input.
  5. Regularity: Communication should happen often, not just sometimes.
  6. Timeliness: Communication should happen quickly when it's important.
  7. Feedback: The manager should give helpful feedback to the employee.
  8. Body Language: Body language and tone of voice can be important for understanding what someone is saying.

Effective communication can help build trust, create a good work relationship, and help the team and company be successful. Other things that are important for effective communication include:

  • Empathy: The manager should try to understand how the employee feels and be understanding.
  • Respect: Both the manager and employee should treat each other nicely.
  • Flexibility: The manager should be open to different communication styles.
  • Goal-oriented: Communication should be focused on achieving specific goals.
  • Follow-up: The manager should check in to make sure the employee understood what was said.
  • Confidentiality: The manager should keep private information private.
  • Cultural awareness: The manager should be respectful of the employee's culture and communication style.

Good communication is key for a happy and productive workplace. If managers prioritize good communication, they can create strong relationships with their employees and have better job satisfaction and success.


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