3 Things You Gain from Building Trust in the Workplace
In a dynamic environment such as the workplace, trust is the only constant that is going to keep it from breaking apart. An organisation that values the trust of its people first and foremost will weather any tides of change coming its way.
But in order to set up a strong foundation and Build Trust, you must first lead by example. Be present, be reliable, be accessible, and be honest. And if your team trusts you and your leadership, they will no doubt follow in your footsteps.
Now, you may be thinking that building trust is inconsequential and that the only thing that matters is getting your bottom line. You may be achieving the bare-minimum, but with trust, you can develop that into even greater results, far beyond than you may think.
The 3 Things You Gain from Building Trust
As a leader, nurturing an environment of trust is what is going to take your organisation to the level that it needs to be. There is too much to gain to just simply ignore the effect it has on the workplace. Once it is well-established, look out for these 3 benefits of building trust and see just how much of an impact it can have in your organisation.
Establishing open communication and transparency is critical to any workplace, especially during a time of remote working. Not only will it help in the exchange of information and ideas, but it also minimises or even eliminates unnecessary conflict, therefore increasing employee satisfaction.
Taking on a more active role within your team, by having discussions on what they can contribute to the organisation, is far more effective in creating an open environment than one that just absent-mindedly assigns tasks for them to do.
Likewise, by listening to their ideas, it establishes you as a leader who is open to collaboration, giving people the chance to come up with new and creative ideas for your organisation.
A motivated team is preceded by an exchange of trust. When a team is given the trust to go about a task in their own way, they are more likely to go above and beyond and deliver an outstanding result.
Harbouring any feelings of distrust within your team will not only affect productivity, but morale as well. We both know that it is demoralising to not feel trusted in completing the task that you are given, and that is no different for your employees. They will feel disconnected from the task at hand, from you, and possibly from the organisation as well, resulting in a low-quality output.
With trust, you can bypass all of that and instill in your employees a natural drive to do their absolute best for you, the organisation, and for their own self-fulfillment.
An Openness to Change
Change in the workplace is often met with fear and aversion and is more likely to cause a disruption in the workflow, or so you might think. Change is an opportunity for your organisation to grow into something bigger and better than what is now, a necessity for it to thrive in this volatile market.
What trust brings is an openness to change that will not only satisfy you, but your team as well. The trust you have for each other is assurance that you are looking out for everyone’s best interests.
Combining all the benefits that you can gain from trust building will make the transition from where your organisation is now to where it needs to be much easier and more rewarding for everyone involved.
An organisation built on a foundation of trust has everything to gain and nothing to lose. Because when there is an established trust within your team, there is little room for doubt to creep in and stop you from doing what you think is best for business. You gain every benefit that comes with trust and that will take you and your organisation to the next level.
Stephen M. R. Covey, world-renowned keynote speaker and advisor on trust, put it best when he said:
“The best leaders recognise that trust impacts us 24/7, 365 days a year. It undergirds and affects the quality of every relationship, every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which we are engaged.”
So, what is the first thing that you are going to do to build more trust in your team?
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