Speaking Up At Work

By Maria Alhais

Speaking up at work is not easy, especially if you’re a bit shy or if you work with coworkers with a ”difficult” personality. But it’s important to be heard and your voice matters in your workplace. Speaking up at work can be both beneficial for the employee and his/her boss.

It is in fact true that every workplace has its own business etiquette and of course you have to make sure that you’re not being inconvenient, but it’s your right to be heard and to say what you feel about your coworkers ideas.

Happiness in the workplace is often related to workers’ satisfaction and that also involves their trust on the organization. Speaking up at work can be an essential key to achieve this happiness and a balanced workplace.

It is understandable that you might be afraid of speaking up and let your boss or coworkers down, but you have to remember that any idea can be good, you just have to put some effort in it.

If you’re the employee that is often afraid of speaking up, here’s what we suggest you:

Say what you mean, and mean what you say

Don’t go beating around the bush, get straight to the point and be confident about what you’re saying. That can be the key to get yourself heard.

When Speaking Up At Work, Figure how to get a word in

Don’t be inconvenient, make sure that you are well-prepared of the topic that was brought up to discussion.

On the other hand, if you’re the boss, this is how you can encourage your workers to speak up:

Show that speaking up won’t cause any harming or trouble

To boost your workers confidence in your management, try to come up with ideas that will demonstrate that speaking up is not threatening. For example, create anonymous suggestion boxes.

Adapt your language to the business environment

Instead of using ”I feel” try adapt it to ”We feel”. As a working organization, you have to take extra careful with your wording. You want your employees to trust you and the change start by you. Using less formal language and more inclusive one can help creating a safe space.