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Barriers to Communication – Organizational Communication | OB

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Organizational Communication | Organizational Behavior | Management Notes

Barriers to Communication: Communication is the key factor in the success of any organization. When it comes to effective communication, there are certain barriers that every organization faces. People often feel that communication is as easy and simple as it sounds. No doubt, but what makes it complex, difficult, and frustrating are the barriers that come in its way.
The barriers to effective communication are as follows.

Barriers to Communication

Organizational Communication

1. Human barriers

These barriers are inside the person and some of them are genetically determined. Some of the personal barriers arise from judgments, emotions, and social values and give rise to a psychological distance.

2. Semantic barriers

Semantic barrier arises due to differences in meanings which different people attach to different things. For example, word interpretations, gesture decoding, language translations, sign and symbols, cue meanings, jargon, etc.

3. Physical and technical barriers

Technical barriers can be mechanical failure, technological malfunctions, etc. Physical barriers are due to environmental factors such as distance, poor weather physical distance between people, and others.

4. Organizational barriers

To some extent, these types of barriers are inbuilt in nature. In large and complex organizations there are a number of obstacles that make the transmission of the message more difficult. For example, Organizational structure, status, and positions, informational overload, cultural practices, etc.

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