A company is only as productive and healthy as the people working there, and one way to foster wellness is learning how to communicate with coworkers. Everyone can improve how they communicate with each other in some way, whether it’s how they handle conflict, express their requests and needs, or offer constructive criticism.
When we’re trying to develop new habits and skills, we need to replace old mindsets with new truths. One powerful tool to use is affirmations, as they’re verbal reminders of the fresh perspectives we’re forming. To effectively use an affirmation, place the phrase somewhere you’ll frequently see it or set reminders for yourself to recite it every day. As you say the affirmation aloud or silently, breathe deeply and focus on the meaning of the words. Repeat the affirmation several times a day to memorize and ingrain the statements in your mind.
Here are 5 affirmations that will help you in various aspects of interpersonal communication at the office.
Sometimes it can be tempting to lose our temper and snap at people when they don’t listen to you or do what you’d like them to do. However getting angry with them will probably only make them more defiant, so it’s better to stay peaceful when communicating your requests.
When having difficult conversations, we tend to focus on our side of the conflict and ignore what the other person has to say. We can save many words we’ll regret saying if we intentionally listen to the other person’s perspective. It’ll also help us create a response that actually relates to and addresses the person’s concerns and thoughts.
Before we even speak, we need to put ourselves in others’ shoes in order to effectively express ourselves in ways they’ll relate to and understand. To be able to do that, we need to be respectful of others’ views, even when they oppose our beliefs. Staying open-minded when talking to people will prevent us from being stubborn and dismissive. That way we’ll actually have a two-sided, dynamic conversation rather than a discussion where neither person listens to what’s being said.
When offering or receiving criticism it’s common for us to become defensive and use harsh and unkind words. It’s scary to be vulnerable with others, especially those who we’re not very close to. But by remaining open while discussing suggestions for improvement, we provide opportunities to build trust and connection with our coworkers. Choosing to use loving words in times of correction and feedback fosters community in the workplace, and others will respond better to the criticism because they understand that it’s spoken out of care and love.
It can be intimidating to speak up when we feel like no one will listen or validate your ideas. If we choose to believe our voices matter and speak from a place of belonging and confidence, others will notice our self respect and acknowledge us. This will encourage those who sometimes feel intimidated to join the conversation and ensure everyone has a say in the discussion.