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Don’t Dumb Down Your HR Communication

Don’t Dumb Down Your HR Communication

by Frank Roche on November 9, 2007

in Communication

The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.
–C.S. Lewis

Don’t buy into the myth that your people are stupid. You don’t need to dumb down your HR communications — you need to make them accessible. There’s a huge gap between HR materials that can be understood by everyone and HR materials that are dumbed down. Knowing the difference is what separates the good from the pathetic.

HR Communication Hint: Employees like to learn a new phrase or twist on a word in communications. Stretch them a little with a word that they have to look up and it will make the communication more memorable because they have to interact with the piece. Otherwise, the C.S. Lewis’ quote becomes true — dumbing down backfires.

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