"Communicating sounds simple, but it can be so difficult"

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People have always communicated with each other through the ages. They have exchanged information, experience, gossip and tips. The difference today is that people’s contact networks are often much larger than previously, thanks to new technology. Social circles are no longer limited to the neighbour over the fence, friends or colleagues around the coffee table. These days a person’s network can be hundreds or even thousands of people all over the world.
With new technologies and social media, people around our planet have new ways to communicate. This rapid technological development has radically changed our way of communicating, at our workplaces too. Work instructions are often delivered via e-mail, as well as feedback and other information to employees. Information between colleagues is also frequently sent by e-mail. There is a risk that this means less personal contact between people. The positive side, which after all is greater, is that you can reach many recipients in a short time. This new technology has also given us a more or less constant connection with our colleagues at sea. It is a quick and easy way to communicate, where we don’t have to wait for the correct location of the ship for the telephone to work. At the same time, employees sometimes feel that e-mail takes too much time, and that it can be difficult to sift out what is important and requires action among the huge number of messages that arrive in your inbox.
What seafarers generally agree on, though, is that the increase in availability has led to more administration onboard. Social relations have changed from being a private thing to meeting through social media with many recipients. The reasons why people get involved in social media varies, but Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on have completely exploded in the market. It this how we will communicate in the future – even between colleagues? Communicating sounds simple, but it can be so difficult.

”I don’t buy the argument that you can’t work with gloves on. Neurosurgeons use gloves when they operate.”

Maria Dalin at the Swedish Work Environment Authority about people not wanting to use working gloves onboard.

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