Business Communication Analysis

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Communication is essential to any successful business or workplace. Without it, a business place would simply disintegrate. Communication has two important parts to it. The first part is the transfer of meaning. The second part of communication is the understanding of meaning (Robbins & Judge, 2009). Without both, mutual understanding cannot be reached. Another essential aspect of communication is the direction in which communication is flowing. Upwards, downwards, and later communication all require slightly different techniques and approaches from the person communicating (Robbins & Judge, 2009). I experienced communications with one of my subordinates when I had first arrived at my current job. I was new and the job was a bit overwhelming, …show more content…

Email, instant messaging, text messaging, network software, web logs, and video conferencing are all types of electronic communication that businesses use frequently (Robbins & Judge, 2009). Emails in particular are a type of electronic communication that all businesses use. Unlike personal face-to-face communication upward, downwards, or laterally, the person who is trying to convey meaning has to pay extra attention to the language he uses in the email (Gimenez, 2006). The ever changing business environment and expansion of international and national business has also made email incredibly important. Businesses that are all across the United States have the issue of time zones to compete with. A simple email can now take the place of what once was a face-to-face conversation or phone call (Gimenez, 2006). This is even more important with international businesses who live in different time zones and speak different languages. All employees should be very careful when sending emails to communicate upwards, downwards, or laterally. It should be noted that even though email is convenient and efficient for many things, it will never fully replace face-to-face communication and it will never be quite as effective as face-to-face

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