Many workplaces seem to speak their own language. Often this is because of the particular industry, technology, or niche in which they operate. Specific terms, abbreviations, and other language peculiarities can make it difficult to understand and be understood. And if verbal or written communication is not a strong suite of yours to begin with, that can compound the problem.
If you’re concerned about your ability to communicate effectively as a temporary employee, here are some tips to help you hone your communication skills:
- Always be clear and direct
If you’re sharing information with a fellow worker or a boss, be sure to use language that is specific and clear – whether it’s written or spoken. If you’re not sure of the correct workplace or industry term, don’t try to use it. Use language with meanings that are clear to you – this will help you be clear with others. Leave the industry jargon to those who know for certain how to use it correctly.