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What can organizations do to reduce communication barriers?

1. What can organizations do to reduce communication barriers? How can the absence of feedback be a barrier to communication?

2. What are some advantages and disadvantages of using formal and informal channels of communication? How can managers use the grapevine or rumors to their benefit?

3. What is a group? How does a group differ from a team? Do you operate more in teams or groups at your workplace?

4. Describe a job design approach and why you think that approach is effective. How does this approach motivate employees?

5. What is the value of storming in the group development process?

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1. What can organizations do to reduce communication barriers? How can the absence of feedback be a barrier to communication?

Barriers to communication come in many forms. I have listed some common causes for communication breakdowns and ways to overcome them below:

1. Information Overload - Too much information is as bad as not enough information because it reduces the ability to concentrate on what is truly important. It is important to discern what information is vital to the message and what information can be left out.
2. Message Complexity - To overcome this barrier use strong message topic organization, use concrete and specific language and stick to the point.
3. Message Competition - The messages you send will rarely have the benefit of the receiver's undivided attention. Because of this it is important to create messages that are visually appealing and easy to understand. You should also try to deliver them when the receiver has time to read them. If possible, deliver your messages orally, face to face.
4. Differing Business Status - To overcome status barriers, keep managers and colleagues well informed. Encourage lower-status employees to keep you informed by being fair-minded and respectful of their opinions.
5. Inadequate Communication Structures - Organizational communication is greatly affected by formal restriction on who can communicate with whom. Designing too few formal channels blocks effective communication. This can be overcome by offering opportunities for communicating upward, downward and horizontally by using methods such as employee surveys, open-door policies, newsletters, memos and focus groups.
6. Lack of Trust - This can be overcome by being visible and accessible and by sharing key information with ...

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