Communications in the Workplace

Essay by jasmin284University, Bachelor'sA+, August 2004

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Communication in the Work Environment

Communication is the process of transmitting information and meaning. It is important for managers to develop their communication skills, because it is the one major skills needed by managers. The management roles, which are interpersonal, informational, and decisional and the management functions, which are planning, organizing, leading, and controlling all require communication. The success of any organization depends greatly on the effective communication among its employees and the larger community it serves.

There are many types of communication. The first one I would like to communicate is vertical communication. The definition of vertical communication is the flow of information both downward and upward through the organizational chain of command. Some also refer to it as formal communication. Downward communication kind of speaks for itself; top-level management produces decisions that are communicated down to tell employees how to perform their job

In a large corporation, vertical communication is very common.

The president, vice president, top-level managers, etc. would communicate a decision to the general manager then the general manager would communicate that decision to the assistant managers, The assistant managers would install this communicated decision to all of the employees. If the decision was communicated well, this form of communication worked well, but if the result is not achieved then the communication channels did not worked.

The next kind of communication I would like to cover is upward communication. This is when employees send a message threw the chain of command, to the managers. This type of communication is very good for employees because they feel they are being noticed in the organization. Managers also benefit from this because they learn more about the organization

At my current job, I experienced quite a bit of upward communication. Employees liked taking their messages to me, I am...