Question Description

I’m working on a english discussion question and need support to help me study.

This discussion topic is designed to help you consider a problem in your workplace or community and to design strategies in communicating about it. This discussion topic might help you approach your final research-based report in WRTG 394.

First, please access and read through the following articles about communication inhibitors.

  • Dr. K. Usha Rani, “Communication Barriers”
  • Lumen Learning, “Communication Barriers”

These items are available as eReserves in our class in LEO. You can access the articles by taking the following steps:

  • click Content
    • select Class Resources
    • select eReserves
    • select the icon for eReserves in the middle of your page.
    • in the list of items that appears, locate the articles and download them
  • Then, respond to this discussion topic by completing the following tasks:

    Please think of an example of a problem with communication in your workplace or your community. Then answer the following five questions with regard to that problem. Post your answers to this discussion topic.

    1. What is the specific problem with communication?
    2. Does the problem represent an example of one of the barriers that the articles that Dr. Rani and Lumen Learning identify? If so, which one(s)?
    3. What are some possible communication strategies in notifying someone about the problem?
    4. What is the best course of action for you to take in solving the problem?
    5. What is the best way for you to communicate this problem to the relevant individuals?

    __________________________

    An example of how to respond to this discussion topic is the following:

    1. What is the specific problem with communication?

    I am on a committee at work. There are five members of the committee. However, three of the members telework two days a week, and, as a result, we can never meet face-to-face. Our meetings are not very productive because some of us are in the room during the meeting while some of us are on the phone during the meeting.

    2. Does the problem represent an example of one of the barriers that the articles by Dr. Rani and Lumen Learning identify? If so, which one(s)?

    Yes. This is an example of a channel barrier. The medium chosen for our type of communication — online meeting software — is not suitable or appropriate for our context.

    3. What are some possible communication strategies in notifying someone about the problem?

    I could email my supervisor, who formed the committee.

    4. What is the best course of action for you to take in solving the problem?

    Our committee was formed for a specific duration of time. We have two months remaining for our committee.

    I think we should arrange for everyone to be in the office on the same day each week for this two months. We could hold our committee meetings on that day of the week. This arrangement would solve the problem in that we would all be physically in the room for the meeting.

    5. What is the best way for you to communicate this problem to the relevant individuals?

    A series of messages would be preferred in this case. They would be the following:

    I could send an email message to my supervisor. In that email message, I would note the following:

    • how many times we have met
    • what types of communication problems have occurred during our meetings that have caused the meetings to be less than productive

    I could then outline a plan for having everyone in the office one day during the week so that we could hold our meetings on that day.

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