Miscommunication in the workplace
In the article "The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why", Deborah Tannen brings up some interesting points about how people communicate and why. Although I did not agree in whole with all of the authors arguments and over generalizations, I did agree with the conclusion of the paper, that men and women communicate differently. Some of the examples in the article seemed a little too contrived merely to express the bottom line, but nevertheless I still agreed with the conlusion. I have never really come into this problem at my workplace, but I still can see how this type of communication problem can occur. I think that the article needs to extend this problem not only as one that arises between men and women, but also as one that arises between those that communicate differently period. Managers and those alike that have power status at a workplace need to recognize that different people communicate differently and that in order to have a smooth work place one needs to adapt to how they communicate.