Barriers to Effective Communication: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following best describes what barriers do to communication?

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1. Mike, Operations Manager for Solar Solutions, has had communication difficulties about the daily production of steel in his meetings with James, one of the shift supervisors. Assuming this is an issue of hierarchy, the barrier they face is related to _____.

2. A U.S. marketing manager is irritated that his counterpart in Japan limited eye contact during a recent visit to his facility. Eye contact is a sign of attentiveness to one but represents inappropriate behavior to the other. What type of barrier is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of barriers to effective workplace communication in this quiz/worksheet combo. You will be quizzed on the five main types of communication barriers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following concepts:

  • The definition of communication barriers
  • Identifying examples of different barriers in real-world scenarios

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of communication barriers
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about workplace communication issues in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding gender, status and cultural barriers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of communication barriers

Additional Learning

To learn more about communication barriers, review the accompanying lesson on Barriers to Effective Workplace Communication. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define communication barrier
  • Describe five key barriers that can take place in a workplace
  • Explore strategies for overcoming the five main communication barriers