3.Do your personal workplace experiences either align or contradict the research outcomes? Discuss.
1. Diversification in communication styles between men and women is advantageous, as research has shown. The availability of diverse knowledge and concepts among the women and men is positive due to the presentation of various forms of creativity through presentation of challenging issues (Ivanovo & Werner, 2010). The presentation of many cases to be resolved at the work places widens the scope of reasoning among the people at the work place.
Nonetheless, the differences in the communication styles often results in arguments and misunderstanding where different perceptions on the gender difference takes charge. The women are shown to communicate differently as per their behavioral makeup while the men who are assertive, also would want to communicate in their own ways, these differences often result into assumptions that a certain gender is better in communication than the other one (Ivanovo & Werner, 2010). The differences at the workplace often are a motivating factor that recognizes the personality differences which often encourages innovations and application of various skills to accomplish diverse roles. The differences also bring about the balance in the communication styles in which both genders come to recognize their weakness and strengths.
The presence of the stereotypical reasoning among the members of the workplace shall be eliminated through the presentation of various skills and abilities, which often are shown through the various forms of interpersonal differences. Thus, the differences are positive and need to be embraced (Reeder, 2005).
2. The communication styles differ depending on our personal and professional environments because the presence of the rules and laws of the work place often dictate the forms of communication styles (United States Department of Labor (DOL): Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), 2013). People are expected to communicate officially and effectively in the official environments and act responsibly, this often require that the parties communicate differently to maintain their interpersonal relations. The informal communication style where people communicate in the language of their choice and involve jokes is often shown to be acceptable in the informal environments.
It is expected that people communicate well and maintain their official state at the workplaces so as to ensure that services are of quality and meet the standards of the work. In this environment people are requires to communicate in the official languages have a tendency of avoiding personal expos?s, particularly if it proposes susceptibility or weakness in their communication styles (Schneider, 2007). These people are required to avoid revealing their emotions and feelings but have the emotional intelligence to effectively communicate their issues.
In the professional environment are shown to communicate differently from those outside the professional environment. Professionals behave in the formal ways and maintain the same in the communication styles. These individuals communicate effectively and use proper argumentative skills in their communication styles. The use of an interpret smile as a "passionate" reply. The people are expected to meet the professional standards of behaving formerly and responsibly. The professional requirement expect that these people realize their differences and are able to act in a more responsible and formal manner. The self-identity is an influential problem-solving, discovering evidences and signifying solutions. The people who are not in the professional environment often behave and communicate differently in their choices of the language and behaviors (Von, Wiryakusuma, Bowden & Shochet, 2011).
3. My personal workplace experience aligns with the research outcomes. It is true that the various forms of communication differences are often influenced by the environments that the communications are taking place (Wood, 2012). The personality differences often are the reasons for the availability of the communication differences among the people. Workplaces need to have diversifications in the communication styles to promote understanding realization of our weaknesses. It is true according to the research outcomes because my experience at the workplace is a clear indication of the commination styles in which I have come to indulge in various communication styles based on the environment (Wood, 2012).
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