Watching one of my favorite TV shows, the narrator made a statement that described communicating fearlessly. The lead actor in the show went to visit his father after not seeing him. He made many visits to him trying to negotiate in his mind how he wanted to resolve his feelings. On his final visit to see his estranged father, he made the decision that he was going to tell him exactly how he felt regardless of how it made him feel. It was now the narrator made the profound statement “The worst thing said, is saying nothing at all”. This dialogue described the feelings that the character would have had he left without opening his heart to lift the burden he was holding in for so many years.
Communicating with others is a strategy. We all want to be heard. We all have stories to tell and emotions to express. We also want to represent how successful we are. There are opportunities where we need to leave nothing behind. It is just important to know when it is appropriate.
Technology has changed the way interviews are done. Most interviews are now done on the phone or another form of technology. In the new interview process, this means you don’t have the opportunity to see expressions or show the future employer your best look. As you are answering the questions, avoid rambling about things that do not showcase your most important attributes. Provide as much information as possible about your experience that relates to the position. When asked is there are any questions or comments, do not be afraid to ask questions about the position. One of my favorite questions to ask “how do you like working for this company?” Don’t forget to express your gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to interview. If there are any details about education or experience you think are relevant, share them. You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
We must learn to communicate with no fear. Communicating with no fear is a vital component in our social lives as well as our careers. When you do this, you will be able to network successfully and see doors open that you would have never dreamed would open.
Many companies place stock in employee tenure. Employees can work in a front line position for 12 plus years before being considered for another position. At the same time the recruiting process is designed to search for recruits eager to grow with the company. This becomes counterproductive for all parties involved. This depletes the morale for existing employees and new employees.
Time and tenure should mean absolutely nothing when it comes to growing a company and being open to fresh ideas. Companies should be willing to continuously seek the perspectives of all employees equally. This can be the game changer to being competitive. There are several ways to open opportunities for all employees to be part of the success of the company.
Having town halls or gathering in which management talks about the company can be intimidating for employees. However, establishing programs that seek the perspectives of all employees can be effective. These programs should address where the employee wants to be with the company in the future and how the company can help them get there. This can be done with supervisor one on ones or with a company HR website that builds profiles based on the employee information.
Employees should effectively be aware of all opportunities available with the company. They should be reaching out for network opportunities. Build a network of peers, managers, and mentors within the company. Take every opportunity to let your ideas and perspectives be heard. This can help provide opportunities for growth.
It is time to look outside of the box for company growth. Employers need to change the way they provide opportunities to employees. The opportunities should be equal all employees. This is just another way to build employee morale and create an inclusive environment.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor