Show Your Employees You Trust Them
When employees feel like their boss trusts them, they perform well, put in extra effort, and work confidently. When employees don’t feel trusted, they aren’t as productive or engaged. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, managers need to actively demonstrate trust in their employees. Here’s how.
Evaluate the current atmosphere. First, ask yourself if your organization’s policies are risk-tolerant – in other words, do they encourage or discourage employees? Many organizations have policies designed to minimize risk, which can be interpreted by employees as a lack of trust. You’ll also have to examine your own leadership style. Do you encourage your team to take risks? Do you give them a chance to influence decision-making? Do you make it clear that you have confidence in them?
Include your employees. Sharing information and communicating regularly with employees builds trust. You’re showing that you trust them with the truth, instead of keeping them in the dark.
Take an interest in their careers. Get to know your employees’ goals and do what you can to help them. Taking the time to do so not only demonstrates that you care, but that you have confidence in their abilities.
Read the full article for more great tips on trust.