Trust is the key to bringing out the best in your employees. However, it is not something that is freely given. You must earn it. Without trust, productivity and morale will suffer. Employees who trust their supervisors are more likely to feel comfortable speaking up, collaborating, and innovating in the workplace.
These tips will help you earn your employees’ trust.
1. Take the Time to Get to Know Your Team
Your employees will never trust you if you do not take the time to get to know them. Routinely ask how their work is going and if there is any support that you can provide. While asking about work is important, it is also crucial to show your team that you care about them as human beings and not just employees. Stay in touch with critical personal matters they wish to share, such as a sick family member. Demonstrate empathy by offering a flexible schedule or additional time off to handle complicated issues.
2. Listen and Take Action
Offer plenty of opportunities for employees to express their concerns and provide feedback in a judgment-free environment. Acknowledge every concern and do your best to take action. In some instances, you may be able to give an employee exactly what they need, such as a new computer. In other cases, you may have to say no to a request. If so, always provide a valid explanation or an alternative solution.
3. Be Humble
The fastest way to breed distrust with your team is to be an arrogant know-it-all. As a supervisor, you do not have to be perfect. Admitting when you make a mistake or need help developing a solution creates trust and a sense of camaraderie between you and your team.
4. Avoid Micromanaging
Employees who are micromanaged often feel that their employer does not trust them to perform their jobs correctly. Allow your team to make decisions, delegate tasks, and provide room for creative freedom. Your staff will not only trust you more but trust themselves to take innovative risks that propel the company forward.
5. Be Available
If your employees only see you when something is wrong, your presence will make them nervous, and they will not trust you. Make yourself as available as possible. When in your office, have an open-door policy as often as possible. This makes employees more comfortable coming to you with issues.
In addition to leaving your door open, make sure you visit your team’s workspace frequently. Spend time chatting with employees in their workspace. Ask questions, offer help, and gain insight into the things your employees need to make their jobs easier.
6. Nurture a Culture of Accountability
Make employees accountable for the outcome of their tasks. Accountability motivates your team to do their best. Tasks that do not fall on the responsibility of anyone tend to go neglected and overlooked. However, more importantly, nurturing a culture of accountability builds trust because it demonstrates to your employees that you trust them to do their jobs.
7. Give Credit Where Credit is Due
The fastest way to destroy any chance of trust with your employees is to make their successes your own. Give credit where credit is due. Publicly praise employees responsible for achievements.
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