Communication Hacks: I know I need to communicate more. It's the remembering to do so that I have a problem with.
February 25, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
I persistently forget to keep my colleagues informed on my work progress. Please help me with your actionable, communication hacks!
posted by Tall Telephone Pea to Work & Money (10 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to improve my communication skills at work. I think I can adequately express my ideas, dialogue with my colleagues and boss, etc. I am well-liked and respected, so how I communicate is not the issue. It's when.
I simply forget to keep people informed, particularly if it's an FYI situation. For example, I recently met with the IT guy about a project. My boss is not directly involved in the execution of this project, but she is responsible for its outcome. Naturally, she wants to keep updated on it, but I forgot to tell her that I even had the meeting, let alone the outcome. I have this issue at all levels—with bosses, colleagues, etc.
My problem is two-fold: 1, I have a hard time judging when to keep someone informed. My boss and colleagues are too busy to be CC:ed on every email I send. 2, I have a hard time remembering to inform people about projects they're indirectly connected to. It just doesn't cross my mind to do so.
So, I really would like communication hacks. I know I need to do it, and advice like "slow down" or "put yourself in your boss's shoes" does not help. What specific things help you communicate at work? For example, pop-up app that, with every email, asks, "Would Mary like to know about this?" Things like that.
I should also note that I have ADHD and am on medication for it.