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  • Ariana Spunt
5 Tips on How to Communicate Better on the Job

Relationships fail because partners don’t communicate, and work opportunities can go the same way. Take our advice and focus on improving your communication skills, you can only succeed from there!

  1. 1. HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Attitude is everything! If you are open to learning with a positive attitude, you are more likely to be asked back to a work opportunity. People will want to be around you if you’re smiling and enjoying your work. Encourage others, work as a team when needed, and let your supervisors know that you’re appreciative of them!

  1. 2. STAY PROFESSIONAL

While it’s tempting to talk about your weekend on the shop floor, keep that for your break time. Particularly when speaking with supervisors, stay professional and respectful at all times. Make an intentional effort to show respect and you’ll be respected back.

  1. 3. LISTEN EFFECTIVELY

Supervisors need a job done, but they need it done well. Make sure you are listening to instructions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if something isn’t clear. Listening is a practiced skill, and will greatly improve your relationships outside of work, too.

  1. 4. BE OPEN TO FEEDBACK

You were purposively selected for a work opportunity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn on the job. Know that constructive criticism is to help you grow, and always be willing to learn something new or improve a skill. If you want to go above and beyond, specifically ask for feedback!

  1. 5. PAY ATTENTION TO NON-VERBALS

Oftentimes, your non-verbal communication gives away more than your words. Non-verbals include posture, facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, and anything you do with your body. Make sure to be noticing how you hold yourself during your interactions with supervisors.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

So, you’re heading to work today! Now that you’ve been given an opportunity with a business, you want to build a good relationship with them. Maybe your op is for a day or maybe it’s for a week, but you never know what the future holds. You may want to work for them in the future, and you definitely want to keep your 5 star rating on the Veryable app so your other work opportunities can increase. How are you using your communication on the job to make sure you represent yourself well?