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Questions about addressing difficult or complicated communication issues in the workplace. Communication in the workplace may take place in many forms (email, phone, face-to-face, IM) and between a variety of parties (coworkers, managers, reports, clients).

Communication in the workplace occurs in many different forms and between many varying parties. For example, communication may take the form of:

  • Meetings
  • Email communication
  • Phone calls
  • Hallway talk
  • Sales pitches
  • Presentations

It also may take place between many varying parties, each with different goals, objectives, and cultural or social rules:

  • Group Meetings
  • Informal one-on-one conversations
  • Formal one-on-one meetings with a manager or direct report
  • Phone calls or face-to-face meetings with clients

Good communication is often considered one of the most important workplace skills, and is regarded as having many potential benefits.

Communication can become difficult in many situations, such as in times of poor workplace morale, with new team members or bad-tempered co-workers. It also may simply be difficult when a new and unfamiliar situation arises.