Badcan prevent you, your co-workers and your boss from producing the best work possible, writes Dr. Suzanne Gelb for Daily Muse. Here are her three tips to help you figure out exactly what the message is:
1. Clarification. Asking the individual for clarification can save everyone time.
2. Accuracy. Repeat your interpretation of the task, and then ask if it’s accurate. This can help your co-worker understand that he isn’t being clear.
3. Feedback. If inefficient communication persists, you need to have a direct conversation about how it can improve and what the bad communication is doing to damage the workplace atmosphere.
— Adapted from “3 Ways to Get What You Need From Terrible Communicators,” Dr. Suzanne Gelb, Daily Muse, Inc.