Your Team Don’t Trust You, But You Can Fix It!
Trust in the workplace is essential for any smooth running organisation. If you (like the majority of managers out there) are struggling to gain the trust and respect of your team, these 6 great articles are likely to solve your problems quickly.
Practice what you preach
Whatever you expect from your staff/team, make sure you expect just as much from yourself. If you come across lazy, your team will resent having to work hard, but if you are seen as the hardest worker in the office, your team will gain respect for you and will follow suit.
Treat them as your equals
Just because you have the power in your team, doesn’t mean you should use it (except in extreme circumstances). Show appreciation for effort and skill, and you will find that not only will they trust you more, but they will start to use those skills more often. Force your staff to fall in line and you will only get the bare minimum effort, but once you learn to peel vegetables with the rest of your staff your trust factor will sky-rocket and so will their workflow!
Do you lie to get what you want? If you are being dishonest (even if it doesn’t directly affect your team), it will affect their view of you and may cause them to trust you less. Honesty and integrity may not get you to the top quickly, but once you get there, you will have enough support to keep you there!
You may feel like the smartest person in the room, but you can guarantee everyone knows something you don’t. Listen to your staff and regularly take on their advice. They will feel more appreciated and will be more likely to offer solutions in the future.
Don’t punish mistakes
If an employee has made an unintentional error, failure is punishment enough! According to the Association for Psychological Science, if your team is in a good mood they will be more creative. This means that encouraging your team for their strengths and not focusing on their faults will allow for a more productive environment. If your team aren’t afraid to make mistakes, they won’t be afraid to try new things!
The most important factor when it comes to building trust is consistency. It’s no good practicing the points above when it suits you. To be trusted you must be trustworthy and that means being respectful and hard working all of the time. More articles you may find interesting: When Employees Lose Respect For Their Managers Practice What You Preach Or Pay The Price!