We all know that it is very important to have a good company culture, and a good company culture will help you attain great success.
So what is at the core of all of an amazing company culture and success?
Do your colleagues, staff or superiors identify you as trustworthy and honest? How do you perceive them?
If your employees trust you and believe that you have their best interests at heart, then they will be involved, present and ready to produce!
Without trust, nothing else will happen.
Since building trust is key to getting things done, as the leader, of course you want them to trust you.
There are several ways you can build trust with your team members.
First and foremost you need to be sincere and real with your personnel.
- Do what you say you are going to do…
If you tell someone you are going to do something…don’t forget. If you tell someone else to do something for you…check up with them to ensure it’s completed. This is probably your quickest track to trustworthiness.
- Go beyond the typical relationship…
As a supervisor, you are expected to fulfill certain functions. Doing something extra that is not one of your normal tasks, for example, acknowledging an employee’s birthday and going out of your way to organize an inner office celebration will go a long way.
- Strong Communication…
Communicating is key with your employees. The more open and honest your communication, the more trust you will have in your relationships. In addition, the more often you communicate with someone, the more opportunities you have to build trust.
- Define expectations…
Clear-cut expectations are critical to building trust. The more transparent you are about what others expect from you, and what you expect from them, the easier you will find it to build trust.
Honesty can be very powerful…especially when it costs you something to be truthful. The times when we gain the most trust is when it actually costs us something to be honest. Even if you have some unfavorable news for your employees, you will gain trust for being honest.
- Care about your employee’s personal and professional success…
When your employees know that you really care about their personal and professional success, and your actions demonstrate this, they will find you easier to trust.
Remember, trust is about reliability and doing the right thing, it doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does take time.
When you have that trust, it is a quality that creates respect and loyalty, as well as a supportive and safe work environment.
You can build strong and long lasting relationships with your employees that will eventually fuel your employees' contentment and creativeness, not to mention your company’s success!
How do you build trust with your employees?
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