Employees always search for new and easy ways to reach business success. Rarely any of them thinks about the role internal communication plays in their organization. If they were to think closely, they would understand that improving this aspect leads them to much-wanted success. Internal communication plays a crucial role in organizational development and growth. It affects many other aspects concerning primarily employees. Here is a breakdown of six far-reaching effects internal communication has within the organization.
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High Employee Productivity
If employees are poor communicators, they might also be unproductive. The thing is: employees thrive on information. Being informed helps them perform better. If they are left in the dark by the management or coworkers, they can only underperform at work. Since lack of productivity means financial losses for the organization, managers should do what they can to improve internal communication. Even if employees communicate well, there is always room for improvement. For this reason, you can introduce intranet software in the workplace to enhance communication among the staff. Make it the primary communication channel so all employees will have to start using it regularly if they want to be in the know.
Great Employee Engagement
As previously said, employees need the information to deliver. They also need it to be engaged in work activities. If you notice your employees are disengaged, you should question your communication strategy. How well are they communicating as a team? Are they communicating at all? Chances are they aren’t. To increase employee engagement, you have to act as a true leader. Studies suggest great team leaders and communicators have no trouble engaging their staff in corporate activities. Communicate more with employees and encourage them to do the same. Over-communication is always better then under-communication. With that in mind, communicate as much as you can whenever you can.
Connected Remote Employees
Throughout the pandemic, managers struggled with keeping their remote employees connected. Those teams that communicated effectively in the office haven’t had a problem with shifting to remote work. How come? Because internal communication is key to connecting remote employees. If employees poorly communicate, they can’t stay connected. Whether they work in an office or from home, it doesn’t matter. The situation remains the same. However, if employees communicate effectively, they have no problems working together even when they work from different locations. For this reason, you should always encourage your staff to communicate in and out of the office. When they know each other well, they can overcome any cultural or language barriers, for example. Therefore, they become a true team.
Better internal communication means better communication with customers. Better communication with customers leads to happy and satisfied customers. Employees with poor communicative skills can undermine all your organizational efforts to enhance customer satisfaction. Namely, when customers contact employees and ask for a particular piece of information, employees won’t be able to help them. Moreover, customers will notice an employee’s low morale and describe their customer experience as a negative one. A bad reputation among customers isn’t something you want for your business. What you should do to avoid this is to provide as much information as possible to your employees. Only when they are masters of information will they be able to provide quality customer service to your loyal customer base.
Practical Brand Ambassadors
For marketing purposes, your business might need brand ambassadors. Today, brand ambassadors are usually famous people or influencers. Still, there are no better brand ambassadors than employees. They are already familiar with your company’s mission. Through their hard work and efforts, they spread the message. Satisfied employees are the best advocates. They want everyone to know what is so special about the brand that makes them feel that way. To make brand ambassadors out of employees, all you have to do is communicate with them. Employees as brand ambassadors raise awareness about your business, boost marketing strategy, drive sales, and attract potential candidates. So many benefits stem from effective internal communication.
Millennials as a workforce have their modern demands. They have a whole list of things they look for in a job to feel satisfied in the workplace. For example, professional development, high-tech tools, flexibility, etc. More importantly, they want transparency and access to relevant information. Both of them are gained through effective communication. When employees have all they need, they don’t think about quitting and moving to another company. On the other side, providing too much information, most of which is irrelevant, can overwhelm employees. Also, they can easily become frustrated and disinterested. For this reason, filter your information and pass on only relevant bits to employees. They don’t need to know every single thing that is going on in the company.