Communication is critical to running any business smoothly, and while there are many tech tools now to aid in distance communication, on-site communication is important to consider as well. Having poor on-site communication often leads to confusion, inefficient workflow or even safety risks. Promote on-site communication using these methods.
Use Mobile Devices
Mobile devices are surprisingly effective as an avenue for on-site communication. They can be used to quickly communicate through text or team-specific messaging apps such as Slack. They can also be used for other useful purposes such as mobile point of sale. You have the option of either providing devices for your employees or crafting a bring your own device policy.
Radios, such as those from Servo Radio Systems, are another effective way to promote communication on the ground. They are especially useful in manufacturing settings, out in the field and in areas where there is no Wi-Fi or cellular data coverage. Because they are specifically designed for your needs, they can be the most practical and useful solution for on-site communication, as well as updated when needed.
Holding regular meetings provides an opportunity for employees to meet face-to-face and express opinions, concerns and information to each other. This keeps everyone involved in the process of running a company, allows people to present their ideas for improvement and may improve teamwork. Owners and managers need to make sure these meetings are productive, though, otherwise they will be viewed as a waste of time.
Whiteboards are another great idea for promoting on-site communication. For example, employees can indicate where they have gone, write down important notices, what tasks they are currently working on and more. Everyone can be assigned a certain color and it can be a fun way for employees to remain aware of what each other are doing.
Stress Its Importance
Aside from using technology, providing communication methods and holding in-person meetings, employers can promote on-site communication by simply stressing its importance. Be sure all managers lead by example and practice good communication to encourage employees to do the same. When employees understand the reasons why on-site communication is important, they are more likely to actively engage in it.
Good on-site communication is necessary for your business to run smoothly. This is true regardless of the industry in which you work. Get creative and find new ways to both facilitate and promote improved communication among your employees.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.