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Healthy Communication and Constructive Criticism
Posted 2014-05-07 by Blake Wrigley in Improving The Work Environment

Great businesses know that their success and their potential growth rest with their employees. In other words, an organization is only as strong as the individuals who run it. If this is true, then efficient teamwork and healthy group dynamics become invaluable goals. In order to reach these goals, good communication becomes absolutely essential.

Communicating well at work can be a challenge on one-on-one and large group levels, especially when there are a number of projects on the table and everyone is feeling overwhelmed. However, it is a worthy challenge that reaps benefits of productivity, efficiency, and overall workplace satisfaction when we meet it. Check out this list of internal communication tips we found for businesses. It provides some noteworthy ideas, such as:

  • Taking time to make your company's mission and vision clear
  • Setting up an online project management tool system for individual teams
  • Planning external events for employees to strengthen relationships outside of the office

Another important aspect of communication at work involves constructive criticism. Many times, criticism isn’t very helpful or productive and it ends up being more of a socially acceptable way for others to complain. If communicating well is an art form, then healthy, constructive criticism is a masterpiece. It isn’t always easy, but it can be learned.

Constructive criticism, when it is done right, can help your team to grow.  The benefits are twofold: when one person learns from their mistakes and improves their skills, it has a positive effect on the entire company. The difficult part is to communicate in a way that makes the employee feel appreciated while still being honest and addressing the issue. This article provides an outline for preparing and providing healthy constructive criticism. Hare are three important tips to keep in mind:

  • Review what the problem is and check ifyou are making any assumptions
  • Be sure to ask questions and listen well
  • Always include positive with the negative

Remember this: simple, everyday interactions count! Strive to improve the way you communicate your ideas, instructions, and feedback. Keep your team’s values and goals in mind so that everyone benefits and the group’s potential can be reached.