Thinking Outside the Office Door

Time is our most precious at-work commodity.

E-mail and PowerPoint usage dominate our workplaces.

Communication is the single most important career skill.

We can text everything, but should we??

This page is devoted to select research that helps you consider the issues of workplace productivity. Communication in business is our largest asset and our most costly to maintain. Yet it is something that we don't see easily. Business communication is expected and practised, but is it efficient and effective?

Many of us know we could improve in this core area and we should. Technology has broken down the old barriers of walls and paper, but its advent produces other problems that we don't learn in colleges and universities - how to fashion/shape our message to various audiences in a way that is credible, clear and with shared understanding. Communication software like PowerPoint and Outlook are deceptively easy tools to use but without knowledge of developing the appropriate underlying message, we show off our ignorance.

The Research says...

Research shows inability to get to the point or the key message is a leading cause of confused workplace communication. As well, too much information and lack of a clear objective are also time-challenging culprits. A large part of the problem is coordinating technology to create high-impact messages. Technology should just be the medium with the speaker or writer controlling the message. Often this is not the case, resulting in poorly-aimed messaging draining audience and speaker/writer time.

Workplace communication skills are mission critical, but it’s not a visible burning platform so this area receives little focused attention. Consider these findings:

These statistics serve to support the importance of software based communications. There are also underlying suggestions that use and misuse of these tools has greater social and career impact that we may wish to believe.

We're not the only ones who believe Time Is Money at work.

Sadly, we see these situations happen every day. But these don't have to happen to YOU!

Communication in business is profitable. Failing to act results in continued lost opportunities to make a difference through enhancing your career or business interests. Please contact us now to learn more. We'd love to hear from you.

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” – Joseph Priestley

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan

"I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things." – Ronald Reagan

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.” – Peter F. Drucker

“Beware of geeks bearing formulas.” – Warren Buffett