Do you have difficult in saying ‘NO’? Is it tough for you to give negative feedback? Do you feel bad after a meeting because you wanted to say something and you missed the chance to say so? Do you find yourself uncomfortable when you are given negative feedback at the workplace? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then you are under communication stress.
Have you ever wondered what communication stress is? When you find yourself in a condition where you are not able to express or communicate with others or you feel restricted in expressing your opinions and commenting upon discussions, it means that you are under communication stress.
Let’s see the causes of communication stress:
- Lack of Communication: Always try to follow a two-way communication method as it is the best way to convey a message. Because in a two-way method, both parties – the sender and receiver – have a chance to share and speak. Sometimes in organizations, employees come under stress but feel unable to tackle it by communicating about what stresses them. Proper communication is the only key to prevail against stress.
- Lexicological Differences: We have different cultures, dialects and lexis all over the world. Language is more than just speaking; it’s an expression of the defining, seeing and thinking process. So sometimes lexicological differences can distort meaning and as a result, we come under high stress. Communication removes barriers to meaning.
- Strained Relationships: Talking, listening and understanding are the ways by which we get to know others and build relationships – both personal and professional. In business relations, a business person and customers bond over sound communication just as is the case in personal relationships. We can solve any possible misunderstandings by communicating with each other – communication can be the glue that holds a relationship together.
- Insecurity over Career and Job: We all have experienced job insecurity at some point or the other, especially when faced with rumors of salary delays, downsizing and retrenchment. It calls for communication from organizations to remove this stress.
- Social Introversion: Some people prefer to spend time on their own. They prefer not to be social because they might believe they have undeveloped social skills, are wrong in their opinions, or are not in the right company. To overcome this, a person should develop social skills, should search for the right group as well as have some degree of belief in himself or herself. This reduces stress.
So, there are a number of ways to reduce communication stress but we need to take the initiative to act. By using different methods of communication or by understanding the language or medium of communication, we can really come out of this problem.
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