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Telling it like it is – professionally


It’s a widely held opinion that Vincentians will always tell it like it is, but is this appropriate behaviour in the work environment? Regardless of where you work or whom you work for, the way you communicate in the workplace should always be professional and respectful. Know that you communicate two ways: verbally and physically. No matter what you may say verbally, your body language is always a tell-tale sign of how you really feel in any given situation or towards a person.{{more}} To ensure that the ways you communicate are within professional boundaries, here are a few suggestions:

1. How you say something is as important as what you say. What you perceive as being a calm tone of voice, another person may consider otherwise. Your emotional state normally dictates your tone of voice.

2. Filter your conversations. Avoid foul language or comments that may defame a person’s character.

3. Whenever there is a need to discuss a topic that may become explosive, think carefully about what you have to say before you do.

4. Be selective in your discussions. Emotions run higher when people feel the need to defend themselves personally and, although the gossip might be intriguing, it is best not to entertain such conversation.

Every workplace can value employees who really can tell it like it is, but still maintain a sense of professionalism in their approach.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]

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