Common Workplace Communication

Workplace communication skills, and avoiding workplace communication issues, are paramount in today's competitive business world.

Positive workplace communication

Positive workplace communication goes a long way towards creating a productive and happy team. Read the examples below, and think about which ones show positive workplace communication.

  • Speaking in a pleasant, conversational tone
  • Talking too loudly
  • Dressing inappropriately
  • Maintaining self-control at all times
  • Using profanity
  • Telling inappropriate jokes
  • Demonstrating a calm presence
  • Using sarcasm
  • Demonstrating a respectful and courteous attitude
  • Spreading gossip
  • Smiling when appropriate
  • Ignoring others
  • Demonstrating patience
  • Whining about company policies or coworkers
  • Mumbling complaints
  • Doing your job to the best of your ability
  • Frowning much of the time
  • Doing a poor job
  • Using the "you" attitude, showing an interest in other's needs
  • Criticizing others
  • Sharing responsibilities equally when working in teams
  • Dressing professionally
  • Using slang
  • Respecting confidentiality policies