How To Improve Communication And Organization In The Workplace
Need to learn about how to improve communication and organization in the workplace?
So your office is starting to resemble “The Office?” That’s not good. If communication and organization issues are making you crazy at work, we’ve got some good news. Even if you aren’t in charge of the office, there are still ways you can amp up your communication and workplace organization to make your average day a fun, rewarding experience. Well, maybe not always “fun,” but better than going to work all day with monkeys. Here are some tips to make your office life less stressful:
- Over communicate. When you don’t tell your boss what you’re doing her imagination runs wild. Before you know it, you’ve been categorized as a lazy, self absorbed dude who surfs porn all day instead of focusing on your job. Even if it’s all true and you’re a lazy, self absorbed dude who may or may not surf porn, letting your boss know the positive work you’ve accomplished, what your goals are, and how you’re attacking the plan will more likely keep you both on the same page. When you over communicate you may find your boss and coworkers will begin communicating more with you.
- Put yourself in your bosses’ shoes. He’s got a job to do, and like you, he wants to excel at his job (how many people show up to work hoping to stink?). Maybe his boss is breathing down his neck. How can you help? Once you understand his emotional pattern, his daily grind, and even his fears, you’ll be able to communicate better about how you can help alleviate his problems. Sure, he may not trust your intentions initially, but over time you may become the office go-to person because you clearly “get it.”
- Clean up your act. Good communication and organization starts with a tidy workplace. That doesn’t mean that you need to be Joe Neat Freak. It does mean that nothing says “I don’t care about this job or any of you” like a disgusting desk. Make some well organized piles. Get rid of yesterday’s coffee cup and muffin. Find drawers to hide your stacks of paper and spend 10 minutes every day sorting and dumping unneeded clutter.
- Read about good work and encourage others to do the same. Okay, I don’t want to sound campy and you don’t need to be the kid who gets beaten up in the parking lot, but there is nothing wrong with proving to yourself and the team that you’re a thought leader who’s focused on helping the team reach the next level.
- Your boss doesn’t talk to you or you can’t see eye to eye no matter what you do? Try following the Dr.Phil style motto of: "you won’t change him so change yourself." Take a different approach; find common ground. If none of those work, sadly, it’s time to find a new department or maybe a new career.