Attributes and barriers
Attributes valued by employers
There are many attributes that employers value, there are three sections specific skills, general attributes and attitudes.
- Technical knowledge - Having knowledge of how to use computers and different things on computers.
- Positive work attitude - Getting rid of all the bad things at work and replacing them with positive thoughts. To help make the workplace more positive and keep your attitude kept high. Making a successful look on what's happening in the workplace.
- Planning skills - Being able to plan things that you are going to do before you do them, planning ahead for work or tasks that will be completed later on.
- Organised - Having your workstation tidy and everything in certain places so that you know where everything is and stuff doesn't get lost. This could also include having projects and tasks that you have to do set out so that you know what you have to do and for when you need to do them. So that you can set out what will be priority to be done first and keep work organised.
- Time management - Having time set out correctly so that you can use the time you have in the most effective and efficient way possible, to ensure you get the most out of the time that you have. Being able to use the time you have to the most and not having any possible time wasted.
- Team working - Being able to work with others in a team, having good listening skills to listen to all team members. Being able to put your business and your team members above yourself.
- Verbal skills - Speaking to people within the company using speech and using the correct expression for what you are saying. People within the company being able to understand you and make sense of what you are saying. Speaking clearly and at the correct speed so that people can take notes of what you are saying if they require to.
- Motivated - Shows the willingness that someone has to do something and how much that you want to do something, wanting to get the highest result you can and not getting the lowest.
- Problem solving -
- Independent - Being able to work on your own within the workplace to get tasks done and completed correctly. Not always having to be guided and told what to do by someone else, or having to work with someone else all them time.
- Leadership - Being able to lead a group of people into success or being able to direct or guide a group of people. Being able to communicate with everyone and delicate them to different jobs. Knowing everyone’s roles and making sure they are doing the correct thing for their role in the team of people that are working together.
- Ambitious - Having a strong desire or determination to succeed in what you are doing, always being open to what you can achieve. Also, being eager to do something you wouldn’t usual want to do trying out different things. Wanting to get higher than you know you can so always aiming high in what you do and not sticking at what you always get always being ambitious to get the higher level.
Principles of effective communication
- Cultural Differences - Adapting to different religions and not upsetting them because of what they believe. Not going against what they believe so respect them and the way that they have chosen or are choosing to live there life.
- Adapting your voice and terminology - Changing the tone of your voice for who you are speaking to or how you are meant to being saying, for using of emotion in your speech. Changing the way you are speaking, in-case people don't understand, using different more common words that they will understand. Changing the type of vocabulary that you are using to get your point across or your instructions.
- Body language - Use of the correct type of body language making sure it fits what your doing, so if it was an interview you would be sat straight and give eye contact to the interviewer. Fitting of the correct body language at set times and in set events.
- Active engagement - Involving the audience in what you are doing, letting them have an active approach and not just be sat down listening all the time. Letting them get involved and keeping them more in to what you are talking about, ensuring they don't get bored.
- Spelling and grammar - Making sure that you have used grammar correctly and used the correct types of grammar that is required in the type of text you are writing and are used at the correct times. Checking spelling of words that you think don't sound correct or looked to be spelled wrong, proofreading your work to make sure that you have spelled words correctly and that grammar use is correct.
- Relevance - What your talking about is relevant and actually fits to what you are talking about, not just talking about something that is totally of topic. So making sure you have read what you have been given to talk about correctly if you have been given something to talk about. Keep reading your work over to make sure it all fits.
Barriers to effective communication and mechanisms to reduce impact of barriers
There are many different barriers that can happen when trying to communicate effectively, these can include the following:
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of knowledge on the receivers part
- Emotional distractions
- Lack of interest
These are all barriers that affect having effective communication, they do it in different ways but in the end they all result in the same outcome the communication not being effective. They can be both from the part of the presenter of information and the receiver,they all can result in the information being inadequate or incorrect and not up to standard.
Some mechanisms would include:
Lack of knowledge, giving them some information to read about what your going to talk or getting them to research it to find out some background information so they know something about what your talking about so they will understand more.
Background noise, you could move rooms to a more quiet area or simply ask them to be a little less loud or even have sound proofed rooms.
Lack of interest, make what your presenting more interesting have videos and other things not just you talking all the time, or just get people up and more hands on and have little activities.
Emotional distractions, make sure that you keep personal separate and don't let personal problems or issues distract you. Make sure you leave it all behind you until you are home. Keep it all separate.