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One of the most common and easily preventable causes of communication breakdown is when individuals fail to address someone’s question. Even if you don’t have a ready answer, the first sentence out of your mouth should acknowledge that you heard the question and provide at least a preliminary or qualified answer right away. You run all kinds of risks by ignoring the question and plowing ahead with what you want to talk about or by failing to paraphrase what you just heard and then responding to an entirely different question.
The death of an employee needs to be communicated within the workplace promptly and with sensitivity to the emotional toll that such news has on those receiving it. Many questions arise for managers and employees about how to make these announcements....Click here to find out more.