Last updated January 2, 2020
Good communication on the job is critical! Learning how to communicate well in your professional life will help you build strong relationships with your co-workers and bosses, mitigate conflicts, and avoid unnecessary confusion. Read on to learn the essentials of how to talk to your boss and co-workers effectively.
Pay close attention to instructions!
Your boss and co-workers will both give you instructions on how to do your job – it’s up to you to do your best to absorb them the first go-round and ask pertinent questions as much as possible.
- Take notes and ask for a printed copy of the instructions.
- Ask for clarification if something isn’t clear.
- Confirm that you know what you need to do and by when.
Start conversations professionally
Throughout your career, and especially starting out, you’ll receive confusing instructions, fuzzy deadlines, half-baked assignments, and more! Knowing how to address these issues professionally with your boss and co-workers is critical to be successful.
- If you have questions, ask your boss or colleagues for a time to talk through them.
- Here’s an example of what you could say:
“Excuse me [boss/coworker], could we chat about [the project you assigned/we’re working on] whenever you have a moment?”
Meet your deadlines!
The key to a successful career is finishing the things you’re assigned on time and with a focus on quality.
- Use a calendar to track every deadline.
- Avoid procrastinating – set yourself mini-deadlines along the way.
- If you’re having trouble meeting a deadline, or need more time – tell your co-workers or boss ahead of time!