Does Communication Matter in all Fields
The article, “A tool kit for the real world” addresses the essence of communication in science- a field where communication skills are perceived as largely unnecessary. According to Motluk (2011), communication skills have always been emphasized in art courses and art fields. In science, the mere knowledge of the rudimentary structure of a lab report has often perceived as sufficient. However, contrary to popular belief, scientists require communication skills as much as professionals in other fields. Motluk (2011) notes that, while scientists may succeed in getting their messages understood by other professionals in their field without much effort, the problem arises in conveying ideas to outsiders. Transferrable skills are embedded in communication skills and as such, scientists, as well as other professionals who must pass across their ideas and opinions, must possess communication skills.
Strong communication skills are a pre-requisite in every type of organization. Whatever the type of organization, people need to pass information. For scientists, the acquisition of strong communication skills marks the difference between the use of cliquish, specialist and un-meaningful vocabulary and the conveyance of useful information to professionals in other fields (Motluk, 2011). In business and service industries, strong communication skills facilitate the conveyance of messages without the risk of being misunderstood. Such misunderstandings not only cause inconveniences, but can also lead to significant losses. Strong communication skills are especially essential for those organizations that need to sell their ideas or products such as manufacturing and production concerns, the service industry and sales teams.
However, the essence of strong communication skills not only revolves around passing information, but also influences other core aspects of any organization, as well. For one, communication is the single-most factor that shapes good relationships in an organization. On their part, good relationships results in the achievement of core values such as engagement and are the basis upon which efficient teamwork is founded. In a medical concern, for example, the management needs to know how employees feel about the inclusion of certain policies. Strong communication skills not only enable the employees to communicate their feelings, needs and wants, but also enable the management to address their concerns and inhibit the negative attitudes that may arise.
In the future, I hope to establish a chain of departmental stores that, possibly, will span across a number of states. Strong communication skills will be very essential here since I will be working with a diverse workforce and the conveyance of information must take their diverse backgrounds into account. As an entrepreneur, my primary roles will be planning, making decisions, as well as identifying and resolving problems. These are communication-intensive processes since information needs to be gathered and analyzed before any major decisions can be made and the settled-upon policies need to be elaborated to the employees to mitigate the possibility of chaos in the workplace.
Additionally, running a number of stores requires directing, making follow ups and receiving feedback about operations from the various departmental heads. Strong communication skills are essential in this line of operations largely because a breakdown in communication not only has the potential of decreasing productivity, but could also be destructive to the entire organization. Strong communication skills will also lead to the creation of an open communication environment and subsequently, an atmosphere where employees feel valued. This will not only make the organization an organization of choice, but will also aid in retaining the best employees.
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Motluk, A. (2011, Jan 13). A tool kit for the real world. Retrieved from http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19969-a-tool-kit-for-the-real-world.html.
Does Communication Matter in all Fields