Day-in and day-out you’ve been putting in every modicum of effort to tap the job market and come up as the dark horse, with favorable results taking a proud wave in your hands. But, have you ever pondered over the regions you need to work on?
Indeed your resume entails a zillion different skills that vouch for your candidature and efficiency to ace a job role. But, is it only the conspicuous that counts? Obviously, there are skills you’ve inculcated over the period of time, ones that would certainly help you. One such piece of attribute to consider is being impeccable with your verbal communication.
The corporate world today is majorly driven by communication. You might become a great manager leading a team as big as any department in a corporation. But, a major chunk of your responsibility would always encompass listening to your employees voicing their opinions. Yes, right from the moment you secure a desirable job offer, there arrives a dire need to be a good listener. Hence, the section to follow will throw some light over the same and enable you to have a different perspective towards the fact, altogether.
It is Important, But What’s the Right Way?
Forming the Bridge of Trust
You can’t even put a step forth, without efforts coming in a collated form from all of your team. Your co-workers’ vision needs to be in line with yours, and for that you need to come up as a trustworthy employee.
The matter of fact is that trust can only be developed, if you have the capability to listen to your co-workers’ viewpoint. Plus, you also need to pay due attention to all information and deadlines that are quintessential to your work. Many a times you’ll find your colleagues telling about their strengths and weaknesses. Yes, you need to keep that under your attention span too, considering the fact that these will have a major role to play in the projects to come.
You’ll might have observed departments making it big with numbers and some struggling with poor results even, due to internal conflicts. Miscommunication serves as the prime reason for disputes to crop up between employees. Now, listening can be the hack that needs to be applied over here. In addition to this, what you need is to inculcate the habit of picking up non-verbal cues. Listening includes the complete process of perceiving expressions, gestures and replying with an apt reflex for behavior contradict. Of course, you’ll only recognize the situation to be addressed, when you go for a blend of these.
Judging Would Only Fester Things
A common saying expresses- those who judge, end up being alone and that’s obviously not what you want. Progressing towards your career goals, you require a cohesive team effort, channelized in the right direction. Okay, you’re being a great listener and pushing people at work to open up with their opinions. But, judging them would only leave resent, if not you being considered as the villain at work. Instead of making harsh decisions about your co-workers’ viewpoints, start respecting their opinions and start hunting for solutions.
Your Though-Process Needs To Be At Par
What makes you an efficient leader at work is the ability to take problems and design appropriate solutions. However, it might just happen that impatient with the speaker’s slow speed, you start wandering off, until you hear something enticing and before you realize, you’ve missed quite a lot. It causes nothing but your listening efficiency to drop down to a bare minimum. No rocket science overcoming this challenge, all you need is to mellow down your speed and analyze as the speaker is talking. Accurately weigh what has been said and look into the fact whether the viewpoint discussed remains within the confines of objectivity. Re-iterating the point, there’s no need to judge. Just analyze and look into the logical validity of the situation.
A Feedback Would Always Work
It’s as important for the speaker to know that you are listening and interested to know more, obviously one wouldn’t share things with a deaf ear. Building on the same, it is quite significant for you to give regular feedback to convey that you’re intrigued by his views and will like to know more. Paraphrasing the content of speaker’s message and then sharing your opinion would be an appropriate way to do the same.
These will surely sound like basics that work on a rudimentary level. But, hasn’t professional growth been all about sticking to the basics and increasing efficacy at every level. Hence, it’s only a small change you need to make, the positive implications will be big, nevertheless.
Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.