The Negative Effect of Employees with Strong Communication Skills in the Workplace I disagree with the statement that strong communication skills should be one of the most important aspects in selecting future employees and am against the basic idea that an organizations atmosphere can be manufactured by handpicking employees solely based upon their communication skills. There are several different aspects that are involved in creating an atmosphere that is beneficial to the company along with maintaining a hiring policy that supports a more diverse group of potential applicants and future employees.
Typically, a person with strong communication skills is very good in being able to communicate and verbalize his feelings or emotions on any given topic. These are also the people who are usually the hardest to get along with just because they seem to have such a strong willed personality that will create a workplace that may over criticize every decision to be made which in essence could reduce productivity and eventually require an increase in workload.
Strong communication skills should not be the number one hiring principle when it comes to having a productive and collaborative work force. When a company hires an employee, it is usually because they feel that particular person is the correct fit for both the job at hand, and also that person is the correct fit for the company as a whole. People who have strong communication skills aren’t always going to be the perfect fit for any job available, and to believe that every future employee you hire will have excellent communication skills is just an unrealistic goal to have.
Having strong communication skills is very helpful during the encounter stage in the organizational socialization process because these people are quick to introduce themselves into the company and to their fellow coworkers. However, once past the encounter stage1, the person with the over compensating personality or excellent communication skills typically has a hard time adapting to their surroundings and becoming part of the team.
With most new employees, the first few weeks is generally awkward just because you have to associate yourself with a whole new group of people who don’t necessarily want you there. However, once your past those few weeks you are typically accepted into the framework and you have gone through the metamorphosis stage1 and become part of the group. People who call themselves excellent communicators are typically those who think a little too highly of themselves and always try to separate themselves from he crowd in some fashion. To put it in simpler words, good communicators typically are only looking out for number one; themselves. Based upon my experiences, the person who is introduced as having excellent communication skills generally has a very difficult time assimilating1 to the organization and experiencing the metamorphosis stage1. I personally have dealt with a person who was introduced to our company as having great communication skills, which is a great characteristic when you’re a salesman.
The first week dealing with this particular person was fairly simple and few problems arose. However, several people in the company didn’t appreciate his extremely outgoing personality which served as detrimental considering that teamwork is very important at our business in order to make sure that everything is completed according to plan. A few months later this very same person was fired because he just wasn’t the right fit for our company and unfortunately we couldn’t make it work no matter what we tried.
His style of person is just not the type of person that could assimilate to our teams needs and we could no longer work with him solely based upon his extreme personality. Excellent communication skills should not be an extreme focus when sifting through your piles and piles of interviewees. Instead the company should focus more on what type of person would be a better fit into the actual organizational culture1 of the business.
Once you have decided what personal characteristics your company can apply to creating a more stable team culture, productivity will most likely increase and it wasn’t just because you hired every applicant who came in with a big grin and an ego that stretched the length of the Pacific. Works Cited 1. Zaremba, Alan Jay. Organization Communication. 2e. Thomson South-Western. 2006 pp160-186