Your Team Don’t Trust You, But You Can Fix It!

Broken Trust

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.  

1 Practice what you preach

Why It Is Important To 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.  

2 Treat them as your equals

People Are Most Productive When They Feel Respected

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!  

3 Be honest

The Truth About Trust, Honesty And Integrity At Work

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!  

4 Take advice

If You Listen Up, Your Employees Will Step Up

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.  

5 Don’t punish mistakes

A Positive Mood Allows Your Brain To Think More Creatively

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!  

6 Consistency

Consistency Is The Key When It Comes To Management

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! Please Share, Subscribe and Comment Below

Posted on: December 9, 2015, by Michael Kirk

7 responses to “Your Team Don’t Trust You, But You Can Fix It!”

  1. Andrew Atkin says:

    I like the post… Trust can be hard to forge but easily broken.

    I’ve found that opening up and sharing a little bit about yourself can help. It also encourages your employees to share and that can help provide insight into what motivates them.

  2. Abi Chappel says:

    I personally really enjoyed reading this post as I feel it tackles something that can have a big impact on the way that a workplace runs. I particularly found the point on treating everyone as an equal a key factor in building trust within your work relationships.

    I was once in a work setting that seemed to have taken on the ‘do as I say not what I do’ approach which left you feeling as though there was some major double standards going on. This led to the feeling resentment as opposed to the feeling of trust which wasn’t a healthy way to work.

  3. Michael Kirk says:

    Interested to hear what people think on these issues…

    Do you think trust is an important factor in business?

  4. Michael J says:

    This is an interesting post. It will come as no surprise that trust in business is low – it’s hard won, easily lost and difficult to regain.
    Trust is vital if you want to retain your best staff and makes them more open to change. Conversely, managers who trust their workers find it easier to resist micro-managing.

    • Michael Kirk says:

      Thank you! Well said.

      Trust and respect are two things that in my opinion are important in all areas of life. It’s a shame it’s not used more often as a base for relationships in and out of the office.

  5. Rachel Hunnybun says:

    “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
    ― Helen Keller

    This is demonstrated when we work together as a team, doing yourself, what you expect of others, helps to build trust and respect and promotes productivity.

  6. Carel Strydom says:

    6 very important steps to implement in 2015

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