Although your employees may be working toward similar goals, they likely will not handle tasks the same way as their teammates. Because everyone has different ideas and approaches to work, leading your employees can be challenging.
This is why flexibility in your communication methods is so important. When you understand your employees on a personal level, you gain insight into how to get through to them. This helps clarify your expectations and provide the motivation to complete tasks.
Understanding your employees’ personality types and communication preferences helps create a high-performing team. This encourages collaboration to achieve the results you desire.
Implement these tips to improve communication among your employees.
Understand Which Employees Are Introverted and Extroverted
It may seem obvious which of your employees are introverts and which are extroverts. However, some introverts have learned to present an extroverted image at work. Understanding your employees’ personality types helps you to better connect with and lead them.
- Talk with each employee to learn what they would prefer a typical day to look like.
- Encourage open discussions both individually and as a team.
- Include in your discussions the employees’ preferred number of meetings and amount of personal work time.
- Find out which circumstances make each employee productive and how each employee recharges.
Use Different Communication Methods for Your Employees
Talking with each employee in their preferred style increases alignment and understanding. This elevates efficiency and effectiveness among your team.
- Using each employee’s preferred communication style helps you be more influential and persuasive with them.
- Pay attention to whether each employee is very analytical or intuitive, highly personal or purely functional, and adapt your communication style accordingly.
- If you are an introvert, you may want to apply some extroverted qualities to your communication styles.
Allow Flexibility in Work Practices
Let your employees approach their work in the ways they see fit. Providing space to accomplish tasks according to what works for each employee helps them stay engaged and productive.
- If complete flexibility is not an option for your company, determine which processes and small design changes can be put in place to increase flexibility for your team.
- Open-plan offices may need private work areas for employees who are introverted or easily distracted to stay productive.
- Optional brainstorming sessions may benefit employees who are more creative when they can bounce ideas off teammates.
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