Examples of Non Verbal Communication for the Workplace
Examples of non verbal communication and how to use it effectively when communicating with staff. Click here for information on other types of effective workplace communication tools and techniques - verbal, nonverbal and other.
- Try to be aware of the message you are sending in all situations. In a low risk conversation, it’s important to relax your body and smile to make others feel comfortable. But if this kind of body language is used during a serious conversation, meeting, or project, it can be taken the wrong way. Your body language must be congruent with your speaking to convey the right message.
- Using hand motions and using your body language on certain points will allow you to let the other person know what’s important. By communicating this way, the other person will retain the most important message of the conversation. The goal here is to use concise movements rather than being loose. You can relax your movements until you want to stress a point in the conversation to make more of an impact.
- Learn how to manage your emotions. In heated conversations, it’s important to keep your emotions in check as it may lead you to say something out of line. If you need to take a time out, ask for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths before re engaging in the conversation.
- The tone of voice is very important in communication. Learning how to use your voice and talking with the right tone is critical in communication. Something simple as your voice tone can lead other people to feel disrespected or ignored. It’s also important to match your tone with the objective of your message to get your point across. If your tone isn’t congruent with your objective, your message will not be taken seriously.
It’s important for employers to teach employees communication skills and provide examples of non verbal communication to increase understanding. By offering classes, setting up interventions, and starting a campaign to educate the workplace, employers can see many benefits.
The work environment will be more desirable for employees, productivity will go up, and the retention of important workers will increase. Non verbal communication is so important because the right message depends on how you deliver the message more than the actual conversation. By putting systems and programs into place, communication breakdown can be avoided and the workplace can run more effectively.