The Cost of Poor Communication

Every month, Mike and I have the privilege of hearing from our clients about the significant impact our communication tools have in reducing poor communication. Just today, Mike shared a story with me about a recent coaching call he conducted. The client emphasized how our tools empowered her to communicate in the context of difficult conversations.

“It’s like I can hear your voice in my head, guiding me through the tools and helping me find the right words,” she told Mike.

It’s incredibly gratifying to receive such feedback. However, it also serves as a reminder that there are many individuals and organizations out there struggling with communication challenges.

So, what is the true cost of poor communication within an organization? Let’s take a look.

Earlier this year, Grammarly Business released an updated version of a study that they commissioned in 2021. Unfortunately, the results are not improving.

The estimated cost of poor communication? The study suggests it amounts to a staggering $1.2 trillion for U.S. companies. Business leaders estimate that their employees lose an average of 7.47 hours per week due to communication issues, encompassing both written and verbal communication.

Considering that the average U.S. annual salary for a knowledge worker, according to the surveyed companies, was approximately $66,967, these 7.47 hours translate to around $12,000 lost for each employee annually.

Here are other key takeaways from the report:

  • Miscommunication is widespread. How much? 100% of the respondents, including leaders and knowledge workers, say it happens at least once a week.
  • Effective communication is essential for fostering inclusion and alleviating stress and anxiety, with over half of all age groups impacted.
  • 43% of business leaders attribute decreased productivity and the endangerment of strategic business goals to poor communication.
  • 68% of leaders who lost deals due to miscommunication estimate losses of $10,000 or more, with 13% incurring costs exceeding $50,000.
  • Conversely, one in three business leaders credits effective communication with gaining new business or deals.
  • Knowledge workers reveal that poor communication diminishes job satisfaction for 34% and increases stress for 50%.
  • The hybrid work environment complicates matters, with asynchronous communication and an increased reliance on written communication.
  • Over 59% of Gen Z and 48% of Millennials report that their personal connections have suffered in the hybrid workplace.
  • Tone, in addition to content, has become the second most critical aspect of communication for both leaders and workers.
  • A significant 79% of workers affirm that effective communication boosts morale and productivity.

Apart from these highlights, the report is replete with valuable insights, covering brand impact, the role of tone in communication reception, and how adept communicators are better equipped to perform their roles. You can access the full report here.

The report concludes with a compelling message:

“However, leaders who prioritize communication as a business imperative and take strategic steps to invest in communication solutions will unlock substantial value throughout their organization.”

We’ve personally witnessed what can happen when an organization invests in communication training. When every member of an organization has access to the tools and training needed to enhance their communication skills, it elevates the performance of the entire organization, creating an environment where value is unlocked at all levels.

So, what can you do to enhance communication within your organization?

Reach out to us to learn more about our series of 5 communication workshops centered around the 5 Voices system. We can help individuals understand their unique voice and how to leverage it, as well as teach teams to appreciate and communicate effectively with voices different from their own.

In addition to our communication workshop series, we also offer standalone workshops on various communication aspects, such as

  • The Communication Code
  • 5 Voices Dynamics
  • Provisional-Plan-Promise
  • The Power of the Medium.

Let’s each do our part in reducing poor communication and miscommunication in our workplaces. Together, I believe we can create cultures where people are heard.

We can create environments where clarity and effective communication enable us to achieve remarkable results.


Micah Ray


Have you given your new or fairly new supervisors or managers the communication and soft skills training they need?

If not, check out our Altitude Training program.

Participants will access our online training platform to learn each week on their own. Then they will join a live virtual coaching call where they learn from us as well as others on the call.

We guarantee they will become better communicators at the end of the Altitude Training program!


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