When it comes to effective communication, there are a lot of different opinions.
Business communication is different and requires a different approach. It might seem tempting to use lingo, acronyms, and street slang for brevity and a more personable approach.
Don’t let that get you into a bad routine. Keep things professional with communications in the business at all times.
It doesn’t matter how funny a memo is. “Lol” is never the appropriate response.
Some companies have created a causal environment already and it can be tempting to stick to. Your success is going to come from professional attitudes and proper communication, though.
Some people have a very clear distinction in their personalities between home and work. You can tell the difference when they are being professional and personal.
Unfortunately, some people don’t know how to create this boundary. That’s where you come in. As a leader, your job is to teach people the ropes with business communication. Show them how their attitude and personality can impact their career and working relationships.
Calling your boss “dude,” for example, probably won’t get you many Brownie points. On the other hand, being friendly with co-workers might not be as fallible.
Lingo and text speak are plaguing the world today.
Technology has turned people into acronym and shorthand sheep. It’s going to be even more difficult in the future for the generation that was raised with texting and lingo, but it is still a challenge today.
Jan Kantor is a southwest Florida business consultant and executive coach. For more information, or to contact him regarding workplace solutions, his website is www.jankantor.com.