Don’t Overlook This 1 HUGE Issue In Your Company
Is it possible to communicate too much? Yes! In a report from GuideSpark, researchers found that the average employee receives about nine emails every day that are labeled as “must-read,” which means these e-mails are relevant to their day. These are mixed in with less relevant emails, and that causes a lot of clutter.
This is just one form of communication we deal with every day. Add in face-to-face, phone and text communication, and it really piles up. It becomes a communication overload.
Communication overload destroys productivity. Emails take time to read and to respond to. When your in-box becomes full, you’re looking at a large part of the day.
How do you fix this? Prioritize your messages. Use email as efficiently as possible and keep it short. Avoid sending company wide emails if they aren’t relevant to everyone. Target emails to the people who need that information. Also, if employees are getting outside emails that have zero relevancy, unsubscribe from those sources. Small Business Trends, May 12, 2020
Staying Secure In A Social Media World
The age of social media has let millions of people reconnect and stay up-to-date with family members, friends, in-laws and acquaintances. It also continues to shape how we all communicate with each other. It’s important to keep a few things in mind before you check your newsfeed.
There is no delete button on the Internet. Everyone knows how to capture a screenshot. Even if you keep your social media completely private, when relationships change, nothing is private. Are you going to be comfortable in 10 years with what you post today? It will be archived forever. If you post in online forums or comment on news-related websites, consider using a pseudonym. Don’t share names of real businesses, clients, friends or family. If a bank manager wouldn’t allow a picture of all of the money in the vault to be shared on the Internet, then you shouldn’t allow a picture containing any confidential, financial, legal or other protected documents and items to be shared either.
A good social media policy in the office now can save headaches down the road.
Top Tips For Improving Remote Working
Limit meetings. Remote meetings over Zoom, for example, can bring productivity to a halt. While in-office meetings also slow productivity, Jason Fried, CEO and founder of Basecamp, suggests it’s more harmful in a remote setting. Instead, focus communication through simple e-mails or chat apps.
Foster community. Leaders within your company should routinely check in on the rest of the team. Ask them how their work is going, how their weekend was or what they’re looking forward to in the week ahead. A little regular social interaction goes a long way.
Have a dedicated workspace. The great thing about remote work is that you can do it anywhere. But this can also invite distraction. Encourage your team to have a dedicated work environment outside of their normal living space. Having access to a door that can close is invaluable! Inc., May 7, 2020