• Semantics is the branch of linguistics dealing with the
meaning of words and sentences.
• Semantic barriers are concerned with problems and
obstructions in the process of encoding and decoding of
message into words or impressions.
• Normally, such barriers result on account of use of wrong
words, faulty translations, different interpretations etc.
• People have personal feelings, desires, fear, and hope,
likes and dislikes, attitudes, views and opinions.
• Some are formed by family background social
• Some are formed by individuals own intelligence,
inherited qualities, education, and personal experience.
• These two factors influence the way we respond to a
• The factors related to organization structure, authority
relationships, rules and regulations may, sometimes, act as
barriers to effective communication.
• Organizational policy
• Rules and regulations
• Complexity in organization structure
• Organizational facilities
• The personal factors of both sender and receiver may exert
influence on effective communication.
• Fear of challenge to authority
• Lack of confidence of superior on his subordinates
• Unwillingness to communicate
• Lack of proper incentives
CROSS CULTURE BARRIERS
• A thriving global marketplace requires effective
communication across cultures. Learn about the cultural
barriers to communication in the workplace and take a quiz
to test your knowledge.
• There are a host of physical factors that can prevent
individuals from having an effective communication.
Physical barriers relate to disturbance in the immediate
milieu which can interfere in the course of an effective
• Ignorance of Medium
WAYS TO OVERCOME THESE BARRIERS
• WAYS TO OVERCOME THESE BARRIERS
• The barriers to effective communication exists in all
organizations to a greater or lesser degree. Organizations
keen on developing effective communication should adopt
suit- able measures to overcome the barriers and improve
communication effectiveness. Some such measures are
• (i) Clarify the ideas before communication
• (ii)Communicate according to the needs of receiver
• (iii)Consult others before communicating
• (iv) Be aware of languages, tone and content of message
• (v) Convey things of help and value to listeners
• (vi) Ensure proper feedback
• (vii) Communicate for present as well as future
• (viii) Follow up communications
• (ix) Be a good listener