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Barriers to Communication

- successful supervisory performance requires the ability to recognize these barriers and to deal with them effectively.

.Distance ‡ the physical distance between the supervisor and his subordinates results in less face-toface communication.

Distortion ‡ major barrier to communication is the tendency to make value judgements on the statements of others. .

.Semantics ‡ Graham states that the structure of our language leads to misinterpretation of the true nature of events.

Lack of Levelling ‡ this refers to various differences in the levels of supervisors and subordinates. .

Lack of Trust ‡ This barrier has to do with the previous experiences of subordinates dealing with supervisor .

discussion or guidance. or keep themselves busy with trivial things and therefore are not available to subordinates for consultation.Inaccessibility ‡ in some organizations we find supervisors who are often out. .

they find scapegoats or come out with excuses .Lack of Clear Responsibilities ‡ when the responsibilities assigned to the subordinates are not clear.

.Personal Incompatibility ‡ often the personality of the supervisor and the subordinate clash and thus create communication blocks.

. who by their careless attitude or arrogant nature.Refusal to Listen ‡ there are some supervisors. refuse to listen to their subordinates.

.Failure to Use Proper Media ‡ the effectiveness of communication depends on how a supervisor chooses the proper media for his own situation.

.Communication Gap ‡ this refers to the defects or loopholes in the formal network of communication.

.Lack of Direction ‡ lack of direction in message content may present a barrier.

2 Types of Content 1. manifest or evident meaning 2. latent or real meaning .