4 Key Styles of Communication in Workplace
Agus Setiawan

PhD candidate and result-oriented Director with 25 years experience with involvement in all levels of Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Managing Project and Product Development. Aside of managing a company, he is also the best corporate trainer and public speaker in seminar and conference.

4 Key Styles of Communication in Workplace

Communication in workplace remains as one of the most crucial elements of any job. It enables individuals to convey complex ideas to one another and ensures that everyone in organization is aware of the same facts and procedures. Further, communication in workplace can be divided into four key style categories namely analytical, intuitive, functional, and personal.


Analytical communication tends to focus on statistics and figures. Communicators of this communication style enjoys using those facts to drive decisions and inform communication. As a result, they tend to be meticulous in researching the best way to do something. Conversely, if someone on their team does not use logical thought in decision-making, they tend to get frustrated very quickly.


Communicators in intuitive communication uses the final result of discussion to guide their contributions. They are the opposite styles of analytical communicator in which each contribution they create tries to center on the end goal of the project. They are not much concerned with details and like to see at the big picture. They are more goal-oriented and their main objective is the core and what it takes to achieve that outcomes.


Communicators in functional communication style like processes. They enjoy step-by-step instructions and seeing how things evolve into the final product. This communication style helps everyone understand that incremental changes are needed when completing projects. They enthusiast if their information littered with statistics and facts and they enjoy using tools such as charts and whiteboard. Their role is usually as the implementer.


Personal communicators may be considered the glue that holds the social fabric of an office together. They are skilled in seeing things from different perspectives and looking at the reasoning behind how those ideas are formed. Hence, they usually mediate, ensuring that everyone understands what everyone else is thinking. They are the individuals who look for and inspire trust in others.


To sum up, by knowing style of communications in workplace, it will be beneficial for leaders and managers to spot these styles through initial discussions and use what they know about those styles to help bridge gaps between the different members of a team, in which could lead to organization growth and advancement.

Editorial Team. (Accessed on April 7, 2021). Understanding the Four Main Communication Styles in the Workplace. Rider University: New Jersey, USA.

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