A failure to explain, understand, or check that someone has understood a job could result in wasted work or resources. Even more seriously, communication failures when planning or undertaking risky work could put you, your colleagues, or the public in danger.
On the flip side, good communication can raise the efficiency of a business. If objectives and strategies are clearly explained, everyone can pull in the same direction. Teams that communicate well tend to work well together, and achieve more. At the same time, they’re more enjoyable places to work.
Communication is an important skill to develop if you want to progress your career. It helps you contribute and understand ideas, and have a clear picture of your work and how it fits in. You’ll be more employable if you can explain your personal strengths, skills and ambitions in covering letters, your CV, and during interviews. It’ll also help during one-on-one mentoring, and in other opportunities to discuss your career with peers, advisers or employers.