Day-to-day poor communication can lead to misunderstandings at best. At worst, it can lead to complete communication breakdown and conflict. It doesn’t take much imagination to see where this leads. While communication won't always be perfect, an ongoing culture of poor communication is a disaster for businesses.
The sheer number of communication platforms available in 2019 is a double-edged sword. Although the speed and accessibility of communication is a benefit, the volume and variety of channels can lead to people feeling stressed and under pressure. It's these factors, plus a lack of clarity, which can lead to a range of problems.
Managers face a complex challenge to ensure their teams build and maintain positive and productive communication at work. Etiquette for face-to-face and electronic communications can differ across personal and professional domains and different industry sector cultures. If expectations aren’t set, modelled and maintained, employees can drift into poor practices, creating a knock-on effect for the whole business.
Leaders may intend to create an open and positive communication culture but may find that this is not evident on the ground. Lack of trust, fear of repercussions or feeling that the issue does not merit attention are some of the reasons that communication between employees and the manager can decline.
LEGO Architect & Team Communication Workshops
An EML team building activity day is a positive way of establishing and maintaining good team communications. It’s also a great option when teams need bringing together for some remedial work during challenging times. Investing in employees will ensure both managers and their subordinates feel supported. They can return to the work environment equipped with the tools they need to implement the learning from the team building workshop.
At EML we offer a wide range of high-quality team building workshops that address the communication issues your teams might be facing. Take the LEGO Architect workshop. This workshop places team communication issues under the microscope. Working on a task together by taking on different roles, team members develop collaboration and trust. It's also loads of fun!
The LEGO Architect workshop is adaptable. It can cover not just face-to-face but remote communication. This makes it suitable for distributed teams who rely on remote communication to deliver business objectives.
Alternatively, opt for the Team Communication workshop, which covers and develops written, verbal and listening communication styles. It also analyses the personal communication styles of individual participants.
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Participants in these workshops will leave understanding their own communication areas for development. It also helps people to understand their colleagues better. Participation can also provide businesses with unique insights into additional training needs for their team.
To book an event for your team in the run-up to Christmas, please call 01905 330660.