The 10 Best Workplace Communication Articles for HR Teams

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Plus 10 podcasts and 5 TED Talks you won’t want to miss

By Kat Hills, Community Manager of Honey

There are plenty of books on great workplace communication. But sometimes you just want to absorb as much concentrated knowledge as you can in an hour or two.

We’ve curated a library here of the best workplace communication articles, podcasts, and TED Talks we could find for your team. So grab a cup of cup of tea, add some Honey, and dig in! Whether you slowly savor each of these great reads or just skim for the high points, we think you’ll emerge excited with new ideas you can put to work.

No time now? Go ahead and download the complete list as a PDF for later.

Developing your communication skills as a leader.

Making your company a great place to work starts with your leadership team. Their actions create a trickle-down effect that sets the tone for how people communicate in your workplace. Learn how to level up your communication skills as a manager and help your team do better work as a result.

Articles

Radical Candor: The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss Interview with Kim Scott, Co-Founder of Candor, Inc.

A profound read that shows four things managers can do to create an environment of meaningful guidance where their people will do their best work and love coming to work every day.

How I Stopped Being a Dreaded “10x Manager” by J. Michael Probert, Head of Growth at Uptick

Follow the author’s learnings as he moved from an individual contributor role into a management position and discovered that it takes a different skillset to succeed as a leader.

Podcasts

How to Love Criticism WorkLife with Adam Grant, a TED Original Podcast episode

How would you feel if your co-workers rated your performance in front of the whole team? That’s just a normal part of work at the world’s most successful hedge fund. Host Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and business advisor, shows how the team embraces criticism to fuel their success — and how you can, too.

Building Effective Teams: Where Do You Start? Capital H podcast

Learn how you can restructure your approach to collaboration to make teamwork more effective. This episode of Deloitte’s Capital H podcast features Dominic Price, Work Futurist and “Team Doctor” at Atlassian. Hosted by Burt Rea, managing director for Deloitte Consulting LLP and General Manager of Bersin, and David Mallon, VP and chief analyst for Bersin.

TED TALK

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The Surprising Truth in How to Be a Great Leader by Julia Milner, Professor and Academic Director of the Global MBA at EDHEC Business School

Are you tired of people saying “yes, but...” to your ideas? Instead of advising people, the best leaders help people arrive at their own solutions. Julia Milner shows you how to do that.

Cultivating your workplace communication style.

Explore these resources to see how you can make communication more effective among your team. Learn effective strategies to manage and lead through open communication.

Articles

Power Up Your Team with Nonviolent Communication Principles First Round Review feature with executive coaches Ann Mehl and Jerry Colonna

The A-E-I-O-U method for resolving conflict is particularly helpful in the high-pressure environment of early-stage startups. But any team leader can take away major learnings from these two coaches — they’ve helped hundreds of executives who are building some of today’s up-and-coming businesses.

Handling Negative Emotions in a Way that’s Good for Your Team by Emma Seppälä and Christina Bradley

How a leader manages his or her emotions is critical to team success — but suppressing your feelings isn’t the answer. The authors take a look at sports team coaches to show you what to do next time you’re faced with a high-stakes outcome that’s negative for your team.

From Honey: Four Vital Workplace Communication Skills Managers Can Learn From Google's Laszlo Bock (+ Test For Communication Gaps)

Podcasts

Social Anxiety and Success HBR podcast

How do you bring your A-game, network, and schmooze with others at the office when you suffer from social anxiety? HBR podcast host Morra Aarons-Mele discusses practical advice with Ellen Hendriksen, a clinical psychologist, and Arvind Rajan, the CEO of Cricket Health and a former executive at LinkedIn.

Poor Communicators HBR podcast

What do you do when your co-worker won’t stop talking or a leader keeps changing what you’re supposed to do? HBR podcast co-hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn advise on these and more situations with Holly Weeks, a lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of Failure to Communicate.

TED Talk

Christine Porath TED Talk

Why Being Respectful to Your Coworkers Is Good for Business by Christine Porath Management professor and researcher Christine Porath studied the effects of rude remarks at work. She found that the effects can cost companies big time in terms of motivation and turnover. She also makes the case for how the reverse is true - little acts of respect can improve profits.

Using communication tools the right way.

The tools you choose can improve workplace communication or hinder it. Here’s how to find and put to work some of the best tools for your team.

Articles

How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote by Erica Dhawan and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

This smart piece discusses the three types of distance that remote workers must navigate, recommending that managers put the most effort into reducing “affinity distance.” They offer five best practices to help you do that.

The Human Moment at Work by Edward Hallowell

More than 20 years old and as true as ever, this piece from HBR illustrates perfectly how technology impacts our communication at work. Remember the caution that letting the human moment fall to the wayside will lead to dysfunction in your organization.

From Honey: The Impact of Technology on Communication at Work: 6 Types of Tools That Are Changing How We Work Together

Podcasts

Avoiding Miscommunication in a Digital World HBR IdeaCast

Do email, texting, and Slack really make us more efficient communicators? Nick Morgan, a communications expert and speaking coach, says no. This HBR IdeaCast features ways to bring the benefits of face-to-face communication to your digital workplace.

Restoring Sanity to the Office HBR IdeaCast

Do your people struggle with finding productive blocks of time to get work done? Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks with host Sarah Green-Carmichael about how people work in chunks of time today rather than a set number of hours. Filled with perspective on how you can help your people slow down and get more done.

TED Talk

Christine Porath TED Talk

Why You Should Treat the Tech You Use at Work Like a Colleague by Nadjia Yousif, Partner at BCG

Companies waste billions of dollars a year when they cancel or forego using tech products they committed to. Here we’re introduced to a new way to view our tech. What if we were to treat it like it was another member of our team?

Supporting your employees’ well-being with company culture.

Workplace culture is the intangible factor that makes all the difference to today’s workforce. Learn how to foster a culture that brings out the best in your people.

Articles

10 Principles of Organizational Culture by Jon Katzenbach, Carolin Oelschlegel, and James Thomas

Culture is hardly an easy thing to change. The authors walk through the three dimensions of corporate culture and point out where to invest your efforts when you know that change is in order.

Research: People Want Their Employers to Talk About Mental Health by Kelly Greenwood, Vivek Bapat, and Mike Maughan

With over $16.8 billion in employee productivity lost to missed workdays because of mental health, some teams are working to break the taboo. Here’s how to start talking about it at your company.

From Honey: The Science Behind Improving Communication In The Workplace

Podcasts

Scaling Companies and Culture a16z podcast

Lars Dalgaard built one of the earliest SaaS startups in the early 2000s, offering enterprise software for human capital management. He discusses his views on successful talent management and how he managed to scale culture with host Ben Horowitz.

Putting People First DriveThruHR podcast

Join this DriveThruHR podcast featuring Erin Miller, VP of HR at PrecisionHawk, in a discussion on how her team ensures a people-centric approach. Learn how she manages strategy alongside all the tactical activities you have to tackle when you’re a small team.

TED Talk

Janet Stovall TED Talk

How to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace by Janet Stovall, Inclusion Advocate

As a student in the ’80s, Stovall sparked her university to set goals to increase diversity among its students. Now she’s making a business case for American companies. Soak up her thoughts on how we can work toward bringing our unassimilated, authentic selves to work every day.

Communicating through organizational change.

A staggering 70% of attempted changes in organizations fail. If you’re planning a major shift at your company, this collection of workplace communication articles about leading change shows you what the 30% that do succeed do differently.

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Don’t Just Tell Employees Organizational Changes Are Coming — Explain Why by Morgan Galbraith, Employee Engagement & Change Management Manager at Weber Shandwick

Learn the four keys to helping employees understand and embrace changes, so you can build commitment throughout your company.

7 Best Practices in Change Management Communication by Khadim Batti, CEO of Whatfix

A change management communication plan will help you communicate the reason behind changes and pave the way for a smoother transition. See what you need to take into account.

Podcasts

Being Digital Deloitte’s Capital H podcast

Dr. Reza Moussavian, senior vice president of the HR division “Digital & Innovation” at Deutsche Telekom, recounts the company’s enterprise-wide digital transformation. See how adopting a digital mindset has set the organization up for innovation.

Digital Transformation and the Talent Acquisition Landscape Nine to Thrive HR podcast

Roopesh Nair, president of Symphony Talent, joins the Nine to Thrive HR podcast to share the necessities of recruiting in the digital age. He talks tools, tech, and strategy for the most effective candidate experience.

TED TALK

Martin D TED Talk

What Are You Willing to Give Up to Change the Way We Work? by Martin Danoesastro of BCG

Transformation expert Martin Danoesastro shares lessons on how to structure an organization to make it more nimble. This requires that people at all levels can make decisions quickly to respond to change. But some managers still want to hang onto power and control. Explore what a faster-moving organization might require from you.

Next, share these workplace communication articles with your team.

Did you read a few of the articles? Listen to a podcast or two? Good. But don’t stop there.

Go ahead and download the complete list. Then, post this list — or even just your favorite articles or podcasts from it — to your team’s intranet to share with your colleagues. The more that people learn about improving workplace communication, the happier and healthier all our work lives can be. And that, my friends, is what we’re all working towards.

Prefer books? Check out our 10 Books Every HR Professional Needs To Read.

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