Why Are Communication Skills Important?

Communication is the heart of every organisation. Everything you do in the workplace results from communication. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential if tasks are going to be completed and goals achieved. As you develop your career you will find various reasons why successful communication skills are important to you, for example:

You will need good communication skills to make sure your application letter is read and acted upon.

You will need to communicate well during your interview if you are to sell yourself and get the job you want.

You will need to request information, discuss problems, give instructions, work in teams, interact with colleagues and clients. If you are to achieve co-operation and effective teamwork, good human relations skills are essential. Also, as the workplace is also becoming more global, there are many factors to consider if you are to communicate well in such a diverse environment.

Employers want staff who can think for themselves, use initiative and solve problems, staff who are interested in the long-term success of the company. If you are to be seen as a valued member of the organisation, it is important not just to be able to do your job well, but also to communicate your thoughts on how the processes and products or services can be improved.

The most successful organisations understand that if they are to be successful in today’s business world, good communication at all levels is essential. Here is a useful mnemonic to remember the benefits you and your organisation can achieve from effective communication:

tronger decision-making and problem-solving

pturn in productivity

onvincing and compelling corporate materials

learer, more streamlined work flow

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uccessful response ensured

Today’s workplace is constantly changing, so learning more about effective communication will help us all adapt to our changing environments.