Trust is vital to establishing good relationships in every aspect of your life. In your career, applies to relationships with co-workers, employees, and clients. There are lots of ways to build trust in your company. Here are some:
A good way to help people trust you, is to put trust in them first. To do this, you need to give people the benefit of the doubt. Generally, people aren’t intentionally mean or destructive. When someone does something that comes across as disrespectful, pause and think about why the other person may have behaved in that way. Usually, you will find that there is a valid reason why the person said or did that, and that they were not trying to be unkind. Even if you can’t think of a reason, it’s still a good idea to give others the benefit of the doubt. This will help people to be more willing to come to you with information and ideas because they know you will be patient and willing to listen.
If you are caught in a lie, which includes omission of truth, people are less likely to trust you. Be as transparent as you can with employees and clients, especially during difficult times. Update your employees and clients regularly about what is happening in your company, and your plans going forward. Having the appropriate amount of transparency will help both employees and clients trust in your company more.
Being genuinely concerned about others is something that most people appreciate. To show that you care for your employees make time for non-work-related conversations. Get to know your employees, not only based on what they do at work, but also as people outside of the workplace. Also, find ways to show you’re invested in their career. Inquire about their goals, not only as an employee at your company, but also beyond.
Building trust becomes even more important if your teams are separated and not always working in the same location. Use these tips to help you team build a culture of trust.