Organizational success often has a lot to do with how much workers believe in their leaders. If workers trust management and think they are there to help, they will be engaged and trying to do the best job they can. If a certain level of trust does not exist, relationships within the company break down and the bottom line will suffer. The fact is that there are numerous businesses that don’t appreciate this simple principle. Or, maybe they understand that something has to change, but don’t know what is it or don’t take action.
Relationships at work are like our relationships in our personal life. Trust is the most essential aspect of any relationship, no matter the context. With that said, here are a few suggestions to help establish more trust among your team.
Show Your Workers You Want Them to Succeed
One way to boost trust among workers is to invest in ways that help employees reach personal and/or team objectives.
For instance, some performance management platforms have functions that allow managers to create a bit of friendly competition among employees through the ‘gamification’ of job responsibilities. These tools can inspire some fun inside the office while opening up conversations around job performance and objectives. When people are working together in a fun and successful environment, it will lead to more camaraderie and trust among workers.
Regularly Communicate with Your Workers
Another essential keystone of any organization is communicating effectively and regularly. The best leaders are aware of this at all times: Communicating freely, identifying expectations, acknowledging employees when goals are met, and channeling setbacks into teachable moments.
Communication is essential to a high degree of trust in the workplace. When workers feel like they are in the loop, they will regularly speak up about problems and offer new ideas. When employees have an understanding of expectations, they are more prone to meet those objectives.
Often, when a communication breakdown occurs, a lot of guesswork starts to appear around objectives and responsibilities, which sets up both workers and management to fail. Don’t hold back until the annual review to go over a person’s performance and growth in the company. Offer workers regular feedback and an open-door policy all year-round.
Remind Workers You Want Them to Grow with the Company
The best organizations are always thinking about ways they can commit to their staff to ensure they’re inspired, effective, happy and continuously in-line with company goals. When supervisors demonstrate that they want their employees to grow and develop as professionals, workers feel valued and respected. In turn, they are more likely to do their best work.
In addition to having more faith in you as their employer, workers will start to have more confidence in their own abilities and future than before.