"I just wish we had better communication around here."
"They never tell us what is really going on."
"My Manager didn't even tell us about that change. Can you believe it?"
"The night shift is always the last group to know anything."
Communication: Conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing or behavior.
What? Signals and thoughts? Now we're supposed to be mind-readers too?
Or maybe those of us in healthcare love excuses and suck at communicating and don't have the guts to admit it.
Get over it, and get to work fixing it.
Step one - take some time and fully document the channels you are actively using today. What appears to be working, and what is a bust? Invest the time to understand exactly what channels are being used. It's only through this first level of understanding that you can plan your course of action to maximize your communication opportunities.
Ever Ask Anyone?
Step two - now that you know what is currently in place, it's time to ask the employees which communication outlets they prefer. Since they are your target audience, it makes sense to ask them what they want, right? Do a quick survey of your team members and be open-minded to the results. Just because you believe your communication plan is best, it may not be anything close to what your employees want to see.
Get over it, and get to work giving them what they want.
How About You
I'd love to hear from you.
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