Too often, managers and direct reports are out of sync with each other. This can lead to frustration on both sides, as well as a feeling that priorities are not aligned. Clear and frequent communication between a manager and their direct report is essential to ensure that both parties are on the same page and working towards the same goals.
This is similar to the way a team of rowers in a boat need to move in harmony in order for the boat to move forward efficiently. If one person rows out of time with the others, it can disrupt the whole team and make it difficult to achieve the intended goal.
When communication is clear and frequent, it fosters a feeling of trust and mutual respect. It also allows for a more open exchange of ideas and feedback. When both parties feel like they are being heard and their concerns are being addressed, it leads to a happier working relationship overall.
Unfortunately, many managers and direct reports don’t have the right communication. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as busy schedules, different communication styles, or even a lack of understanding of each other’s emotions. Whatever the reason, it’s critical to make an effort to improve communication between a manager and their direct report.
5 tips to improve communication include:
- Make time for regular check-ins, even if it’s just a quick 10-minute chat
- Keep communication channels open by using email, instant messaging such as Slack, or video conferencing.
- Be clear and concise when communicating tasks or goals
- Seek feedback from your direct reports on a regular basis
- Encourage your direct report to voice any concerns or ideas they have
By making a conscious effort to improve communication, managers and direct reports can work together more effectively and efficiently. This will lead to a better working relationship and a more productive workplace overall.
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