Why is communication important in a work setting?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Communication is important in a workplace setting because people must interact with one another in ways that will get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible and in ways that will maintain the morale of the employees.  Both of these are important aspects of workplace communications.

In order to work efficiently, bosses (for example) must be able to communicate to their workers what is needed.  If they are not clear about what their employees need to do, there will be mistakes that make the company lose time and money.

It is also important to communicate in ways that maintain the employees' morale.  If the bosses communicate in angry or degrading ways, the workers will tend to feel unhappy with their situations.  This will decrease their desire to work and will therefore decrease productivity in the workplace.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Communication is not just important, it is absolutely necessary in any work setting where people need to work as groups. An in the present world, with a very high level of division of labour, accomplishment of almost any useful task requires inputs from a group of people.

People in such setting need to exchange information on many different aspects of work such as what is to be done, how it is to be done, who will do it, what resources are required and from where to obtain it, and so on. Without such information not much work can be done. Even the work that can is done without effective communication of required information is likely to be highly inefficient and of poor output quality.

We tend to overlook the importance of communication because we all seem to be able to communicate without any special effort to learn ways of communication or in actually communicating. However, today's world of complicated technology, big organizations, multiplicity of products and consumer preferences, and wide and varied markets, the amount and complexity of information to be exchanged and used has increased enormously. We need to communicate objective data to accomplish a task. In addition, we need to convey and elicit personalised subjective feelings and emotions for motivating people on work and deriving satisfaction from our work.

This makes communication a fairly complicated and resource communication activity. To be able to communicate effectively and efficiently we need to design and implement effective communication systems. Also we need to develop skills of interpersonal communication, to be effective as members of work groups.

smvillalon | Student

Effective communication in the workplace is necessary for an effective work environment. Productivity decreases and everyone gets stressed if people do not communicate effectively.  Some of the more common problems that prevent effective communication can be overcome by simply minimizing them or even eliminating them.  When these things are dealt with, the organization can function more efficiently, and the work environment is much more pleasant for everyone.  Some of the more notable communication issues that should be addressed are: Sarcasm, Gossip, Tantrums and Self-centeredness.

These situations show how effective communication is very important in almost all settings.  Any organization can be made more productive by effective communication.   In fact, effective communication is not only necessary in the office but more importantly, in day-to-day life.  It is important to deal with other people with respect for their abilities, personal space and
self-worth.  After all, we expect no less for ourselves.

ik9744 | Student

Communication is very important in work settings and every setting. I couldn't imagine how work would be done without communication in a work setting. Even at school asking to borrow a pencil for a test is very important if you are unprepared, which is a type of communication. At work it's a very important to have communication possible.

Wiggin42 | Student

Communication is important in a work setting (any setting really) to ensure that work processes are carried out smoothly and efficiently. It prevents any unnecessary redundancies in work and saves time. It also prevents any hurt feelings, suspicion, and general unrest among the employees. For instance, I work at a preschool and if my co-teachers and I did not communicate properly nothing would get done!

rimmery | Student

Communication is essential in making a workplace run as smoothly as possible. Since everyone has their own tasks, but everyone on the team is going towards a common goal, communication is key when you try to work together to reach that goal as soon as possible. Without it, team members cannot work well with each other because you may have no idea what the other person is doing and vice versa, and many misunderstandings may arise in such situations.

taangerine | Student

Communication is important because it establishes a relationship between the works and makes sures that everyone understands what they are supposed to do. If there is a misunderstanding in the company, the only way to resolve the issue is by communication. If a worker is confused about their duties, they can ask a coworker for clarification. The worker can't always be dependent on the boss, and the boss can't just be dependent on one worker. There should be a balance between communication and labor. 

hermy27 | Student

As is it in any situation, communication is a key factor in ensuring that everyone is on the same page.  In order for a business to run smoothly, all of the employees need to be aware of their roles within the company, which duties are their responsibility, and what their main goals are.  Proper communication ensures that there is no confusion in these regards, and can help lower the amount of mistakes made on a daily basis.  it is also important for employees to properly communicate with the employers what is necessary to help them succeed in their tasks, such as help on a project, clarification on specifics, or requirements such as additional resources and realistic time frames for project completion.

kevin0001 | Student

Communication is very important in a work setting because that's how information gets across to each person. It helps keep workers together so that they can all work together as a team to accomplish what is needed to be done for the day. Without communication, things can be quite boring and you would be stuck by yourself if you have a question or request to ask / make.

jess1999 | Student

Communication is a very important skill to have not just in work but also in life . Communication is important because there are time where you have to collaborate with your colleague . By collaborating to you would have to communicate with each other making sure that the outcome would be perfect .

crystaltu001 | Student

Communication is very important not just in a work setting but in any setting. Without communication, it would makes things very hard to get through. Nothing would be able to get done if communication did not exist.

arrellbelle | Student

Recently, I was in an Anatomy and Physiology class for the first part of summer vacation and the main goal was to be within a study group to help us effectively study for the material that was being covered within those 6 weeks. A study group does require good communication because there are different people with different personalities and different methods to study. So it's ideal that we all are able to get a grasp of each other's weaknesses and strengths, in order for us to all pass the class with desirable grades.

Wiggin42 | Student

1.Effective communication increases productivity. It helps us to run any organization smoothly. 

2.It gives a power to get head in any profession because when you express clearly it reflects your confidence and mastery of your knowledge on particular task. 

3. Communication is an integral part of any society. The work place will more enjoyable and any unfavorable situations can be handled favorably with effective communication.

zumba96 | Student

Without communication is makes it harder for others to get their point across. If someone has poor communication they won't be able to work well with their peers and it can cause hindrance in the work place.