As a business leader, how do you measure the impact of your internal communications? Does it differ from the way an educational leader measures the impact of internal communications in schools? I was asked to address this question in a presentation to a progressive international school in Germany earlier this year, so I’d appreciate your insights on the comparisons.
On the business side, a group called People Driven Performance conducted research on the costs of poor internal communications in 2009 that still has applicability today. They report that good internal communications has a positive impact and poor internal communications has a negative impact on five elements of a company’s ROI:
Every employee that crosses over from being disengaged to engaged adds an incremental $13,000 to the bottom line each year
- Direct Cost of Miscommunication
$26,041 is the cumulative cost per worker per year due to productivity losses resulting from communications barriers
- Opportunity Cost
A business with 100 employees spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week clarifying communication, which translates to an annual cost of $528,443
The average cost of a safety incident for an engaged employee is $63, compared with $392 average cost of a safety incident for an unengaged employee
Employees with the highest level of commitment perform 20% better & are 87% less likely to leave the organization
If you’re in education or academia, what is your impression? Does poor internal communication in schools have a similarly negative impact?
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