There’s no shame in googling that one phrase the 22 year-old intern keeps using to describe the horrible one ply toilet paper in the office bathroom. Even with a thorough web search, you still might not understand what a “vibe check” is and now you have more questions than you originally started with. What is the actual difference between a slay and a serve and why are they shook whenever you ask too many questions about it?
No, you’re not that old, but language is inherently evolutionary and it can be hard to keep up. As an employer, you may not be comfortable communicating in the modern day slang of the young folk. However, it is your responsibility to interpret and implement new styles of communication within your team. Here are three ways to pass the infamous vibe check and how implementing other contemporary communication styles can help employees feel more understood:
Use some math and test some science: Make logical goals more creative
Employee engagement is defined as the emotional commitment of an employee to their organization and its goals. Communicate your goals clearly and effectively, but encourage creative problem solving skills that complement the unique voice and vocabulary of an employee. An engaged employee is one that is enthusiastic about their work and is invested in their organization's reputation and interests.
Find a good translator and hire some tutors: Utilize your managers
Like many workplace trends and employee engagement motivators, employee engagement is largely customized to the individual. Frequent conversational check-ins that promote productive play engage employees in a new, exciting way. Managers who focus on the needs of employees and prospective talent have the opportunity to ensure that perception and attitudes toward the organization stay positive by designing a culture of recognition equipped for growth and gratitude.
Appreciate the accents: Diversify the workplace experience
Employees find encouragement through one another. It’s their many differences that make them the same. Race, age, and religion are not the only indicators of a diverse workplace. When assigning roles and job titles, keep in mind that “different” does not directly translate to “wrong”. Individual employees enjoy particular styles of communicating. This is a great way to distinguish marketing managers, creative directors, and finance officers. When employees with high level communication skills function within their correlative wheelhouse, they become deeply engaged within the company.
Employees with the ability to speak freely, in a way they feel most confident, are more likely to stay engaged, recognize and encourage their peers, and create a rewarding experience for the whole organization and company culture.