A company is only as effective when it has vital employees. Without the best team, your company will fall short of its vision. Sometimes, employees lack the necessary motivation to achieve peak performance. This can often be attributed to poor internal communications.

Better communications can improve employee trust and morale. It can build rapport between management and staff — and help everyone work together better to achieve common goals. For example, if employees are included in critical decisions, they will have a voice and be more likely to support that decision. This fosters trust and improves company culture.

On average, 20 percent of employee time on the job is spent looking for information or contact information to complete a task. Companies with solid internal communications can avoid this waste of time and productivity by giving employees a transparent chain of command for questions and easy access to information pertinent to their jobs. An employee should not have to ask top-level management for everything. The best strategy is to delegate and let employees access the information they need to do their jobs independently.

Employee retention rates increase when staff members feel “in the loop.” If an employee is missing a critical piece of information for a project because of poor communication, they get frustrated, leaving the company. Improve your contacts, and it can help you keep more employees.

Here are some additional ways you can improve internal communications:

Use an intranet for employee communications

This is an easy way to share information among different company departments and makes finding the correct contact information more accessible. Data can be stored in one central spot, so your employees never have to waste time looking for it.

Ask employees for reports on client work and professional growth

Please don’t use these reports to criticize; instead, use them to coach and help improve performance. They’re also a great way to gather suggestions and answer questions.

Include remote employees in as much as possible

While many remote employees work on their schedules, they should still be a part of the conversation as other employees.

Emphasize customer satisfaction over any other job duty of your employees

It’s essential to create a work environment where above all, customer satisfaction is the number one goal.

For more ideas on improving internal communications and employee engagement, contact Tucker/Hall.

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