Barriers That May Exist in Group Communications


Good communication is one of the most important elements of any successful team. The ability to communicate ideas, objectives and feedback in a constructive and clear manner is important in ensuring that each team member is working to achieve a certain goal. However, several communication barriers may hinder this smooth flow of information and risk the quality of the team's work.

Physical Barriers

  • If members are a team are geographically a long distance apart, then communication can be adversely affected. One of the most effective forms of communication is talking face to face, and not being able to do this can provide a barrier to effective communication. Video conferencing overcomes this difficulty to some extent.

Cultural Barriers

  • If the team is global and has members from different companies, a language barrier can affect team communication by presenting difficulties with understanding and conveying information. Other cultural barriers can involve not sharing another team member's religion or beliefs.

Perceptual Barriers

  • The way that you perceive instruction from your colleagues and superiors can also affect group communication. If your manager asks you to to carry out a relatively easy or simple task, you could perceive this as a lack of faith in your ability to handle more complex actions. Another person, however, could perceive the same act as one of trust.

Emotional Barriers

  • Communication in any team must be open and honest, and if a team member feels that he cannot trust one or more of his colleagues, then he may withhold information, or be reluctant to share it. Any conflicts that arise in a team should be rectified and resolved as quickly as possible.

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