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Part VI: Colleagues and subordinates > Communicating with subordinates

Chapter 18. Communicating with subordinates

Explanation

A subordinate is anyone who might look to you for guidance, work assignments, salary increases, promotions, or other assistance in the workplace. To a subordinate, you are an authority figure. However, it is important to eliminate the power struggle between subordinates and supervisors. Keep in mind that subordinates have the same daily struggles both in and out of the workplace as you do, and that regardless of your role in the organization, you share the same goal—to promote an efficient, friendly, and cost-effective workplace. However, if you are in a supervisory position, you will often have to deal with delicate issues involving your subordinates, such as apologizing, refusing their requests, and even dismissing them. Effective communication skills can help you handle such situations tactfully and smoothly.


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