Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication is communication defined by power or hegemony. This type of communication differs in terms of what his position is in the company, and what is the position of the receiver of the message. Hence, the difference makes channels different through context.

Elements of Communication ✔ Context – it is anything that’s not communicative but affects communication. It has many aspects like the physical environment, the emotions involved, the social status of each person, etc. ✔ Participants – they take part in communicating. Meaning, if there are two people talking but there are other people within their area but are not involved in communication, the only participants are the two people who are talking to each other. Personally, I already took out the dichotomy of sender – receiver because in one way and another, both participants will become sender and receiver of message, alternately. ✔ Message – this is the information that the sender - participant wants to convey. However, whatever the sender wants to convey becomes different in many occasions depending on, for instance, the other participant’s mood, the context of the conversation, etc. ✔ Channel – if the message was a gift, the channel is the gift wrapper. This element of communication is the medium through which the message runs. ✔ Feedback – this element proves that communication is a stimulus – response process. Feedback is the reaction of the receiver to the message. It might be linguistic or metalinguistic (e.g., facial expressions).

In organizational communication, the manager is the most important person. Why?:

Barriers in Communication

A barrier may be defined to as a wall or a shield or anything that protects a brittle object, or even a country. In this case, a barrier is an unavoidable obstacle to 100% understanding in communication.

I can only give a few samples:

1. Noise – this is any unwanted sound (e.g., even Vivaldi or Beethoven becomes noise if it interferes with your date). 2. Physical condition of a participant – you can consider a loss or disfunctionality of a sense or phonetic organ (e.g., dumbness, muteness, loss of hearing, poor eyesight) as a barrier when it interferes with your communication. Remember Boy Ngongo? 3. Psychological condition of a participant – this refers to the emotional strain in the participant, e.g., when he is so sad, or when he is mad, or whether he really is having psychological problems. ‘Nuff said. 4. A participant’s knowledge of the topic – whether you like it or not, there would be times you would be talking to your boyfriend about the hippest clothes in town, and apparently, he will look dumb in that conversation. Consider talking about transformers with him. 5. Social/ Sociological Context of the Conversation – this refers to as anything that can only be understood by one culture. Try translating “nagdidildil ng asin” in English, literally, and see if it means the same thing. 6. The medium itself – there are some times in which your cellphone loses signal, right? 7. Linguistic differences – say, a Batangueño would say “Nakain ka ba ng alimango?” and another would say, “Aba’y oo! Kasarap nga eh!”. Or try it when a British teacher would ask, “Er… Clahs, ahr yu reddeh to die? (Uhm… Class, are you ready today?) Can you suggest some ways to cope with these?

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