Trust begins by being genuinely interested in our team members.
Thriving workplaces depend on trust to continue to grow and excel. However, most of us can recognize; trust isn’t given, its earned. Building positive relationships in the workplace lays the groundwork for trusting teams that can perform and adapt at high levels. When leaders start prioritizing trust in the workplace, their teams will follow.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- How do you create a trusting workplace?
- How can you build positive relationships?
- Why should you be interested in learning more about your team members?
While recently pondering how we go about earning trust, I was transported back to my days in the classroom. Middle schoolers have a great knack for teaching you significant life lessons. How did I earn their trust? Why did they stop by during recess or after school to chat?
The highest performing leaders are able to make the best decisions when they have solid and trusting relationships with others. To build trusting relationships, leaders regularly converse with employees about their work and transparently take action, showing employees they are valued.
At first it may seem unprofessional to cater to emotions in the workplace, however we've found that performance is difficult to improve without building effective working relationships with employees. Our emotional bank accounts are the trust we’ve earned through strong relationships with our employees and colleagues.
Valued employees are engaged employees The relationship between an employee and their leader directly impacts employee satisfaction. For 93% of employees, trust in their direct leader is essential to staying satisfied at work and over 50% of employees surveyed say if they aren't satisfied at work, they can't put forth their best effort.