On Team Communication
“Alone, we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller
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While being too busy with your daily work, you often forget to communicate with your coworkers.
But if you neglect team communication, you end up making critical mistakes. Or worse, break relationships at work.
On the other hand, you can’t perform well, only spending time on communication.
What’s important is balancing action and communication.
Let’s talk about how we can handle them well.
What’s Team Communication, Anyways?
Team communication is about making the work more effective between stakeholders of a specific project.
By sharing ideas, opinions, and feedback, teams aim to achieve the project mission.
Communication is the foundation of any work – from production to operation to marketing to management.
Without proper communication, each team member can’t understand what’s going on and make the necessary contributions.
Improving Team Communication
How can we improve team communication without sacrificing individual productivity?
There are many online content that cover chat tools like Slack and online meeting tools like Zoom, so why not go through some ideas that haven’t talked much.
First, removing the fixed seats.
In a typical workplace, everyone sits at the same place. This is good for stability, but not so much in terms of productive communication.
You talk to the same people and talk about the same thing every day.
By removing the fixed seats, you can force your people to talk to each and encourage serendipitous collaborations.
Second, support employee communities and Resource Groups.
To strengthen the bonds among employees, leading companies invest in communities and ERGs.
By joining shared causes, backgrounds, and interests within a company, you can harness the communication across the departments.
Companies can sponsor some of these activities to encourage gatherings and potentially improve employee satisfaction.
VMware, known for its actions towards Inclusion, actively engages with their communities. 
Third, introduce company cafeteria and lunch.
Dining is one of the best ways to get closer to each other.
Having company cafeterias is an excellent investment in terms of improving team communication. Pairing random employees for lunch is another plus.
Not all companies can afford it, though. In this case, going to restaurants nearby or in case of a remote team having “remote lunch gatherings” is giving employees a sense of belongings.
Don’t limit the employee dining to lunch, breakfast, or even dinner with alcohol would surprise how small each employee knows each other.
It might be hard to hold these every week, but monthly or quarterly gatherings should be feasible.
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