Nonviolent Communication™ Skills in the Workplace

“It's harder to empathize with those who appear to possess more power, status, or resources.”

- Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

By using Nonviolent Communication skills in the workplace, employees at all levels — from interns to the CEO — will learn effective interpersonal communication skills to improve morale, enhance efficiency, and bolster teamwork, while reducing and/or preventing conflict altogether. Using Nonviolent Communication skills in the workplace also helps create a healthy professional culture that promotes inclusiveness and human-centered solutions.

Many of us have become far too used to typically high-stress and generally “violent” workplace environments (NVC Basics). This is often exacerbated by factors including office rivalries, irate customers, breakdowns in individual/departmental communication, and budget constraints or other factors that limit creativity, productivity, or motivation.

The corporate world has earned a reputation for making profitability its primary purpose and, in the process, further dehumanizing a workplace culture that has struggled to find its humanity from the beginning. However, the past few decades have begun to see a new consciousness emerging. This consciousness recognizes the needs and feelings of the many unique individuals comprising what is now understood as a living, evolving corporate “organism.” By using Nonviolent Communication skills in the workplace, you can help your company while contributing to the emerging culture of compassionate corporate consciousness.

Learn How to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace

When you learn how to resolve conflicts in the workplace, you can help create a compassionate workplace culture. Using Nonviolent Communication in a professional environment is simple because Nonviolent Communication teaches easy-to-understand yet incredibly effective communication skills to transform your workplace for the better. When you learn how to resolve conflicts in the workplace with Nonviolent Communication, your company can benefit from:

  • Improved meeting efficiency by nurturing the flow of ideas and information
  • Reduced healthcare costs and absenteeism with a culture of emotional wellness
  • The sincere promotion of personal growth for your employees and coworkers, meaning lower turnover and repeat training costs
  • Strengthened employee morale and loyalty without violent reinforcement techniques
  • Resolution of existing conflicts and increased prevention of future ones

Would you like to learn how to resolve conflicts in the workplace? We invite you to read up on the many benefits of applying Nonviolent Communication to conflict resolution in professional environments of all types (PuddleDancer webstore).

Dr. Marshall B Rosenberg’s Advice on NVC in the Workplace

Dr Marshall B. Rosenberg dedicated his life to being a peacemaker and visionary in the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) revolution. During his life, Dr. Rosenberg’s mediation skills were sought by social and political leaders throughout the world. His wisdom lives on, available to readers and leaders of all backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances — today, tomorrow, and for many years to come. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s advice on NVC in the workplace inspires empathic activism across corporate and industrial spheres, as well as from some very influential people:

"Nonviolent Communication is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read as a business owner, as well as a husband and father. This book is not a new title, but for me, it does much better than other books at unveiling key principles and practices of exceptional communication. It’s also the first book (Microsoft CEO) Satya Nadella asked his leadership team to read, which is meaningful.”

- Ben Peterson, BambooHR

Read more advice inspired by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg’s insights on applying NVC in the workplace (Work Articles Archive).

Living Nonviolent Communication at Work

Living Nonviolent Communication at work is a worthy and achievable goal. Then again, so is living Nonviolent Communication in every other area of our daily lives, including:

If you would like to get more information about living Nonviolent Communication at work, we welcome you to get in touch with us (Contact).

Improve Communication in the Workplace with PuddleDancer Press

PuddleDancer Press offers a full line of books to help you improve communication in the workplace. With our wide variety of conflict resolution and workplace communication books, you'll learn how to effectively balance your human-centered values with the demands of your organization’s profit-fueled bottom line. With PuddleDancer Press, you can improve communication in the workplace while helping build a safe, productive, and cohesive professional culture. Everyone from the mailroom to the Board room will benefit in kind!

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"NVC is one of the most useful processes you'll ever learn."

William Ury, co-author, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In