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Communication and Interpersonal Skills at Work

Improve your communication skills at work and learn how to navigate positive collaboration in the modern workplace.

99,667 enrolled on this course

Communication and Interpersonal Skills at Work
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree
This course is part of the Collaboration, Communication and Remote Working program, which will enable you to learn how to work and communicate efficiently in the modern workplace .

Discover useful communication strategies for the workplace

Whether we communicate from behind a screen or face to face, strong interpersonal skills allow us to share ideas, points of view, expertise, and information effectively.

On this course, you’ll discover the best communication strategies for effective workplace collaboration, and reflect on your own personal communication style.

You’ll learn the importance of matching your communication style with your work and project goals and learn how to manage and control challenging conversations.

Featured in the UK government’s The Skills Toolkit collection.


  • Week 1

    Know yourself

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet Adeseye Lawal-Solarin, who will guide you through the course. You'll also have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and plan your learning journey.

    • Personal style

      In this activity, you will explore your preferred methods and style of communication. You will be provided with various tools to help you to further understand and develop how you personally communicate.

    • Communication platforms

      You are now going to explore different communication platforms and how your communication style will vary depending on this. You will also look at the importance of understanding your audience.

    • Your approach to communication

      Now it’s time to bring together your learnings in order to address your areas of aptitude and aspects that can be improved. You’ll learn to identify your communication goals and how to work these to your advantage.

    • Summary

      You’ve reached the end of the first week of Communicating and Interpersonal Skills at Work. In this activity, we’ll sum up what you’ve learned, and look forward to Week 2.

  • Week 2

    Be yourself when communicating in the workplace

    • Welcome to Week 2

      During Week 2, you will learn how to apply your communications style in the workplace and how to engage in challenging conversations with positive outcomes. You will also reflect on what you’ve learned throughout the course.

    • Communicating at work

      In this activity, you will learn how to apply your communication style in a working environment. You’ll look at common workplace situations and consider the best way to approach them and what challenges you might expect.

    • Managing challenging conversations

      You will now learn how to engage in challenging conversations in the workplace with positive outcomes. You’ll hear advice from professionals and you will also receive tips on how to best navigate these conversations.

    • Demonstrating your communication skills

      Now it’s time to bring together what you’ve learned about communications. You will reflect on your personal style and techniques, and demonstrate those skills by putting together a communications development plan.

    • Summary

      You’ve reached the end of the second week of Communicating Well at Work. In this activity, You’ll see a summary of what you’ve learned and you’ll complete an end of course test.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify your personal communications style
  • Explore different communication platforms
  • Reflect on whether your communication is aligned to your goals
  • Apply your communication style in the workplace
  • Engage in challenging conversations with positive outcomes
  • Reflect on your personal style and technique

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have digital skills but would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

This may include those studying for A-levels, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.

The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

Hi! I'm a Lead Educator for a few of the Future Learn courses. I'm a communications specialist and filmmaker. I'm also a certified integrative health coach and yoga teacher.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.


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What's included?

University of Leeds are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible