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Few things are more important than getting a product or service out to customers, but communication in the workplace is paramount for any successful business. Healthy communication should serve as the base for any enterprise, though opening up the line of free-flowing ideas, goals and concerns can be a daunting undertaking for all parties involved. However, the benefits of becoming a company that practices large-scale corporate communication far outweigh the hurdles that it takes to be a business that practices company conversation on a large scale. 

Problems stemming from a single source 
Lack of communicative skills can lead to a slew of problems, but one of the most prominent issues that can arise pertains to the idea of success in the workplace. Success is not necessarily only defined by doing one's work in a timely fashion and getting the job at hand completed –  it's also important to consider what that work represents, notes Dan Caffee in an article for CEO. Employees should know how their work affects the enterprise. This awareness, however, can be hindered without an open line of communication between management and employees. An inherent lack of trust will exist while the boundary between levels of management remains in place.

This lack of trust can be profoundly detrimental to a business. Without trust, employees are not likely to look to their peers or managers as a source of help in an hour of need. Reaching out for help, while scary at times, is necessary to bolster worker productivity and comfort. Blocking this line of contact could potentially lead to high turnover rates and employee dissatisfaction.

Building toward a common goal 
Building trust leads to many important and exciting opportunities for company-wide and personal growth. The first step is creating an environment that supports open communication and encourages building relationships with other employees. A trustworthy office and set of peers makes for a positive place of employment. When employees are permitted to ask for help and assured that mistakes are seen as opportunities, meaningful productivity can flourish, as reported by the Harvard Business Review. What good work could possibly be accomplished in an environment where limitations are seen as detriments instead of improvements that have yet to be made? Fear of failure holds people back, but understanding how others work allows companies to raise up their employees and bring them to their ultimate potential. 

Transparency between teams, projects and company-wide goals is yet another aspect of communication that benefits companies in a variety of ways. Enterprises do not revolve around individual people, but rather the company as a whole, and the workplace policies should reflect the same, asserted Forbes. Knowing what others are up to in the office not only builds relationships between people but facilitates teamwork toward a common goal. Team-building or bonding exercises can help foster these relationships that encourage working together as a single entity. Other suggestions include company-wide meetings and the removal of physical walls are ways for ideas to flow from group to group, maintaining workplace camaraderie. Communication doesn't need to be a formal aspect of the workplace – it just needs to be present and encouraged.