Explain any four organisational barriers to effective communication.

Some of the organisational barriers are as follows:

1. Organisational facilities: Facilities like frequent meetings, conferences, suggestion box, complaint box, social and cultural gatherings, etc. will encourage free and timely flow of communication.

2. Complexity in the organisation structure: The effectiveness of communication largely depends upon the nature of the organisation structure. If the structure involves large number of managerial levels, communication gets delayed and distorted due to large number of filtering points.

3. Status: Status and relationship create psychological distance between superior and his subordinates and stand in the way of true and accurate communication. A status conscious manager also may not allow his subordinates to express their feelings freely.

4. Rules and regulations: Rigid rules and regulations adversely affect the process of communication. By prescribing the subject-matter to be communicated and the channel through which these are to be communicated, rules and regulations create a hurdle to the communication process.

5. Organisational policy: If the organisational policy, explicit or implicit, is not supportive to free flow of communication, it may hamper effectiveness of the communication.

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