Internal communications is a crucial aspect of any business, as it helps to keep employees informed and engaged, and ensures that everyone is working towards the same goals and objectives.
However, not all internal communications are created equal. Poor internal communications can lead to confusion, misunderstandings, and a lack of productivity, whereas effective internal communications can help to build a sense of cohesion and unity among employees. Here are some tips for improving internal communications within your organization.
Pitfall 1: Lack of Clarity
One of the biggest pitfalls is a lack of clarity. When messages are unclear or confusing, employees may not understand what is expected of them, leading to mistakes or delays. It’s important for companies to take the time to craft clear, concise messages that are easy for employees to understand.
CLA tackles this issue and allows companies to reinforce messages with our subliminal modules and allows you to test understanding with our quiz module.
Pitfall 2: Lack of Consistency
When different departments or managers communicate in different ways or use different tools, it can be difficult for employees to keep track of everything. It’s important for companies to establish consistent communication protocols and ensure that everyone is using the same tools and formats.
Trying to communicate without a clear plan is what causes inconsistent and ineffective communication. CLA allows you to schedule and target your communications so that nothing ever slips through the cracks.
Pitfall 3: Lack of Feedback
Effective communication is a two-way street, and companies must be open to feedback from their employees. Without this feedback, companies may miss important issues or fail to address problems in a timely manner.
We find that simply asking for feedback isn’t enough, it is important to have an easy way to collect feedback and to make it easy for your employees to provide feedback. That is where CLA’s Quiz and Survey modules come in.
Pitfall 4: Lack of Transparency
When companies are not open and honest with their employees, it can erode trust and lead to rumours and speculation. It’s important for companies to be transparent about their goals, strategies, and challenges, and to keep employees informed about important developments.
Pitfall 5: Lack of Personalisation
Finally, a lack of personalization can be a pitfall. Employees have different needs and preferences when it comes to communication, and companies should tailor their messages and channels accordingly. One-size-fits-all communication strategies may not be effective for all employees.
In our experience the moment a company starts sending mass communications, most employees will automatically start ignoring all emails from the organisation, with some employees even going as far as setting up mailbox rules to automatically send company communications straight to their junk. CLA helps solve this problem by allowing companies to craft different messages and target them to specific regional offices, departments, teams or even to individuals.
In order to avoid these pitfalls, companies should take a strategic approach to internal communication. This includes establishing clear goals and objectives, identifying key stakeholders, and developing a communication plan that considers all employees’ needs and preferences. Companies should also regularly evaluate their communication strategies and make adjustments as needed.
Effective internal communication is essential for success in today’s business world. By avoiding these pitfalls and taking a strategic approach, companies can ensure that their employees hear and understand their messages.