Unhealthy communication patterns within the work setting are so pervasive that this is frequently one of the core issues affecting teams to which I consult.
What may appear to be a conflict-free environment may actually be riddled with a top-down management approach that has left everyone too afraid to say what they are really thinking.
In this post, we will delve deeper into why it is a problem if everyone always agrees with you.
Some people think that this an ideal situation. However, when everyone agrees with everything you’re saying, it’s a sign that the real conversations that need to take place aren’t happening.
Why is this such a problem?
If no one ever disagrees with you, it means that people don’t feel comfortable sharing their perspective with you. If there are people who never share their point of view with you, it means they are not being heard.
The chances that everyone in the world thinks exactly like you do about everything… they’re just too small.
Let’s face it. If you want to run a business that produces excellent products and/or excellent service, you need to have people who will challenge your thinking. No one person can have all of the answers. Maximum creativity emerges in an open environment, where people can brainstorm freely and share any relevant opinion that pops into their head.
If nobody ever challenges you on your thinking, it will be difficult to get to a phase where a project has been considered from all angles. Openly considering input from various different perspectives will lead you to much more successful project outcomes than if only a single perspective is considered.
If you find that everyone is always agreeing with, you might want to stop and ask yourself why.
Take a look at the culture within your work setting. Ask yourself if people feel safe to say what they need to say.
I can guarantee you that when people don’t feel safe to say what they need to at work, they are not happy in their jobs. As a result, they will share their complaints everywhere except with you. Eventually, they will either become disengaged, will burn out, or will leave your organization. They will then complain to other people and tarnish your reputation.
Creating a culture where people feel safe challenging your thinking needs to become a serious priority. It will lead to higher employee engagement, lower turnout and burnout rates.
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