Essay on Electronic Communication Is An Unfortunate Necessity

1449 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
In my line of work, electronic communication is an unfortunate necessity. My supervisor uses email communication almost entirely. This form of communication has led to an atmosphere of doubt and mistrust. The primary reason, in my estimation that this communication is lost is because written communication has the difficulty of properly conveying emotion and intent (Robbins & Judge, 2009, p. 361). This difficulty in communication does frequently lead to a situation called the grapevine, which is an informal network of communication that happens outside of the supervisory structure. As noted in the above thread, grapevine communication often deals with rumors and spread quickly. It is also noted that this form of communication can be dangerous (as supported by the casualties within the military example). Interestingly, approximately 75% of communication that is carried along the grapevine is accurate (Fischer PhD, 2009). These two facts, the dangerousness of the grapevine, and the possible usefulness of the grapevine should be tempered with Christian maturity. There are many scriptures that speak about the power of communication. One such scripture is found in Ephesians which states “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29, New International Version). Another particularly powerful reference…

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