How to communicate with employees as a Manager in the petroleum and oil industry

by Petroleum Institute .

Petroleum Economist

Management comes with a lot of responsibility as you will be responsible for those individuals that report to you. The petroleum and oil industry in itself is a demanding but rewarding industry. So you have worked hard and you have obtained the qualifications you needed to be a Manager, where to begin? Working with people takes a lot of skill and patience as no one is the same and people have different reactions. You don’t want your employees to be scared to approach you with concerns but you also don’t want to be a pushover. The right approach will get you far and will make sure that the relationship between you and your employees will be a successful and healthy one. Sarcasm and being degrading will not be considered as the right approach. Click here to get more helpful management tips.

How to communicate with employees as a Manager in the petroleum and oil industry

Your tone of voice is incredibly important when you are talking to an employee about a problem or concern that you have. You need to avoid ambiguity while using a firm but even tone. There can be a hint of toughness but don’t show disrespect or lose your temper. Take a look at specialists when it comes to voice talent. No one will know more about tone of voice than British voice over artists that actually get paid for their voice and their mastery of tone of voice.  All the adverts and animation movies that we see represent talented voice over actors like these are. There is also nothing as elegant as the British accent. For these artists their tone of voice is everything and they make it their business to know what a certain way of speaking represents.

An upbeat tone of voice really does go a long way when communicating with new staff. A quiet tone of voice unfortunately communicates a lack of confidence and an angry voice represents aggression. Click here to read more about Paralanguage.  As a manager you need to be calm and confident and consider how you handle each and every bit of communication that you have with your employees. Communicating praise needs a warm and sincere approach. The part where managers fail at the most is communicating criticism. If you need to raise a concern or give an order an impersonal and firm tone of voice will effectively convey your authority. Remember that body language is very important as you can easily reflect disdain or lack of confidence by the stance that you take.  As a manager you need to realize that you are only as strong as the employees that report to you and while working as hard as they are you will gain their respect and in turn they will gain yours when earned. I have always found that people with an issue with authority blend well with a firm but calm approach. You need to know how to handle each employee and to remember that everyone is different and should be treated as an individual in the workplace.