Improving communications with your team is one of the biggest challenges healthcare managers have. Your staff is busy and are often going in many different directions, it can be difficult to rally everyone and communicate effectively. If you want to improve your communication with your team and among your team, there are a few things you can do to facilitate it. Let’s take a closer look.
Provide and encourage feedback.
The best way to instill good communications habits with your employees is to provide regular feedback. Don’t just let someone know when they’ve done something incorrectly, give positive feedback along the way. But also encourage your team to provide feedback to management as well, both positive and negative. This way, real change can be made and everyone feels as though they have been heard.
Develop team spirit.
To get everyone working together, give them an identity as a team. Provide opportunities to build the team culture so your entire staff feels as though they are part of a greater whole. You can do this by offering events to build team pride, encourage off-site entertainment, and give positive team-based motivation for projects and assignments.
Short team meetings.
Meetings are an effective way to build communications skills, but only if done correctly. A long, drawn out meeting that takes time away from important tasks is counterproductive. But short meetings with clear agendas and a firm start and end time will help people better understand the tasks at hand and their role in them.
Be confident and reward confidence.
Confidence is an important part of any job, especially in the healthcare industry. Whether the role is clinical and patient-facing or behind the scenes, confidence is an important part of effectively doing the job. Be a confident manager to instill this value in your team. And reward confidence in your staff. Just be aware of the danger of confidence turning into arrogance.
Create a culture of gratitude.
Finally, never forget to say Thank You. The more you instill a culture of gratitude with your team the more engaged the will be with one another and with management. Gratitude is contagious, too. So once you begin to thank people regularly for their contributions, big and small, they will begin to thank one another. This will make everyone happier overall and help build communications throughout the team.
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