Make Sure Everyone at Work is Clear About the Task Requirements: Many times, we are required to work together as a team to complete a task. Before starting any job, it’s important that everyone involved is clear on the job requirements. This includes how the job can be done safely, any known hazards that could cause injury and how to protect yourself accordingly. Please remember that the more “tools” in our communication toolbox, the greater our capacity is to communicate effectively. The next time you discuss task requirements with a co-worker, make sure you’re tuned into what they are saying. Establish eye contact, and interact in the discussion. You can also confirm your comprehension by providing feedback and summarizing your chat at the end of your discussion.
Are You Communicating Clearly at Work? People often take for granted the importance of good communication at work. In fact, all too often we just assume that people understand exactly what we are saying. The reality is that experiencing a miscommunication with your co-workers can happen very easily. Keep this in mind and be sure to practice clear communication with a co-worker. Take the time to ensure the person you’re speaking to has a clear understanding of what you’re saying by paraphrasing key discussion points at the end of the conversation. Also, if you’re confused about something, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, it’s better to be 100% clear about the task before starting a job. Not only will this ensure your safety, but it will also prevent delays and other challenges.
Do You Understand the Requirements of Your Task? It’s common to feel eager about completing a task both safely and efficiently. Everyone takes pride in their work and it’s only natural to have faith in your own ability to complete a task properly. However, it’s important that you don’t get ahead of yourself and engage in a task that you may not fully understand. Before starting your work, it’s important that you are very clear about the requirements of the job and that you understand all aspects of the steps you will take to complete it. If you’re ever unsure about any details relating to your work, please take the time to get answers to any questions you may have. Additionally, it’s important for you to make sure you’ve been properly trained on the task beforehand.
The Importance of Good Communication While at Work: Did you know that by engaging in the simple act of clear communication, you can prevent injury to both yourself and your co-workers? It’s true! Throughout our day, we can communicate in many ways – verbally, with hand signals, via telephone or even with the use of signage. So how does one engage in good communication practices? Well the most important thing you can do is be concise. Refrain from the use of riddles or nicknames or even acronyms that everyone may not be aware of. Have the person you are speaking to paraphrase the conversation when you’re finishing up your discussion. This will minimize the chance for a miscommunication to occur. Don’t forget that communication is key to building a strong safety culture!