Effective Communication in the Workplace

    One way to have effective communication in a corporation, institution or business is have frequent scheduled meetings.   Meetings are one of the most powerful tools for communication in companies 1992, Sandwith, Brauchil, Wright and Petrini).   Successful meetings are designed to share information, brainstorm ideas, evaluate ideas, develop plans, make decisions, create a document and to motivate members (2010, Locker, Keinzler).   Meetings come in different forms.   If you run into your boss in the elevator and he ask you a how a project is coming along, that could be an impromptu meeting.   Many companies have weekly meetings either in the beginning of the week in order to set the pace for the work week so everyone will be on the same page.   Other companies may meet at the end of the week in order to recap the week before moving into the next week.   Annual conferences are often held for various professions such as doctor’s, psychologist, and educators in order to disseminate new ideas, theories or findings.   An effective meeting will determine the success of the meeting and the company.   Meetings play an important role in the life of the business and the planning and execution should be thought out and well organized. A well-run meeting, experts say, will leave employees feeling empowered about their role in the meeting's outcomes (2005, Cho).


The level of comprehension of all participants in the meeting must be considered.   If the audience consists of blue collar employees to upper level management, the comprehensive level of the meeting must be understood by all involved.    
    Many people do not like to have meetings and feel they are a waste of time, interruption to productivity, too long and too frequent.   I have sat in a few boring meetings and trainings during my 25 years in the workforce, so I definitely understand why we don’t like work meetings.   A good meeting is a short meeting or better yet a cancelled meeting.     It...