About this Assignment
Effective managers are also proficient communicators, because they know that what they say and how they say it directly impacts their team’s ability to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and make decisions. In this course, you learned how managerial communications impacts both processes and relationships within the organization. For your final assignment, you will develop a managerial communication plan that facilitates effective and efficient internal communications between departmental managers and departmental teams:
Your plan should include policies for oral, written, and non-verbal communications.
Your plan should include procedures for communications involving conflict management and decision making.
Your plan should detail the specific process and tools used to communicate between departments in specific situations.
You should present your communication plan in a formal, written report that includes the policies, procedures, processes, and tools that your organization will use, along with an analysis of why you selected each component. The report should be in APA format, and be between 2500-3000 words in length.
You will support your written communication plan with an oral presentation that gives a high-level overview of our plan’s key elements to stakeholders. This presentation should last no more than 5-10 minutes.
You may want to this start this project by deciding the type of organization or industry you will be writing about. For example, a communication plan for a manufacturing plant, where all employees work in one large building, may be different than the plan at a retail chain that has stores in many different cities or a virtual company, where most employees work from home.
Organizations can become siloed, with each department failing to share information with other departments or individuals in the same organization. Effective managerial communications will take down the walls between departments, opening the flow of information, knowledge, and ideas between divisions. As you develop your plan, think about ways to facilitate communications between groups that normally do not interact with each other.
Think about the different communication tools that organizations have access to today, and how these tools are used. Every company has access to telephones and email, but think about other technologies that allows collaboration across workgroups. Consider both synchronous tools, such as instant messaging, video conferences, or in-person meetings, and asynchronous tools, like SharePoint, discussion threads, or wikis. As you research your plan, consider the tools that make the most sense for your organization and your plan.
In the business setting, it is common for professionals to give a short oral presentation containing high-level details of long written documents to key stakeholders. Since managerial communications are comprised of verbal, nonverbal, written, and visual elements, consider how to incorporate these elements into your oral presentation. At the very least, you will need to submit an oral webcam or audio recording of your presentation. You can also combine elements from your written communication plan into your oral report by creating a narrated presentation, using tools like PowerPoint or Prezi, that let you combine text, sound, images, and movement into one medium.