Effective Workplace Communication For Electricians

When I had a chat with Shane Lockland, we discussed the importance of effective workplace communication and how it can be a game changer at work. If you would like to know the best takeaways, here are a few:


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Communication

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There are a lot of variables involved, which you should keep in mind while communicating at work:

  • Back-and-forth messaging among the client, the contractor, and the boss. It can lead to a case of “lost in translation” even though all of us speak the same language. That happens because as humans we INTERPRET things and tones differently. What might seem casual to me, might seem formal to you, or vice versa.

  • Addressing the problems and issues, while avoiding pride and ego. This can build a healthy and positive environment where everyone has the room to grow!

  • Refreshing your brain by talking about a similar past job during the first meeting with your client.

  • Make lists and communicate your needs/methods with your supervisor. It is a way to stand out, which can help you immensely at work. A study found that once you commit your goals to paper you are 33% more likely to fulfil it.  

  • Also, better communicators are paid more. It should definitely motivate you to communicate clearly, regularly, and honestly.


Vulnerability

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Shane Lockland thinks that the electrical industry is an ego-driven industry where everyone is out to prove something. But you have to put aside your ego because it is always okay to ask for help.

Electricians should share about the process at work. Their likes as well as dislikes. Employees who communicate what they struggle with will build a better work relationship than the skilled ones who never ask questions.

If you want to build a better, positive work relationship with your boss, manager, and colleagues, you have got to ask relevant questions regarding the van, drive, noise, onsite, client's upgrades, etc. This will differentiate you especially on a big-job site where there are a lot of employees. Thus you should ask the "right" questions.


Company Culture

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Basecamp and 37-Signals founder, Jason Fried is often applauded for creating an open company culture at his organisations. He believes, “You don’t create a culture. Culture happens.”

To make it happen and facilitate, you have to avoid carcinogenic people who are not a culture fit for your organization. Because they can upset the whole environment of your company.

In an open company culture also known as a “flat organisation,” when something doesn’t work, you can always discuss it with your manager.  When you have basic human kindness and are dedicated to the business growth, you get extra brownie points.

Do you plan to implement the above-shared tips and strategies in your daily life? Leave us a comment and let us know how you communicate effectively at your workplace.


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