Building a Culture of Trust in Your Workplace
Trust is the key to any successful relationship. A recent article, 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Trust, by Marty Fukuda, suggests that a successful business relationship is based on a foundation of mutual trust.
Here are five tips to earn trust in the workplace.
- Make the first move
There is always a feeling of uncertainty at the beginning of any relationship. Trust has to be earned through actions. So, make an effort to get to know the people around you, show them that you are looking out for them.
- Don’t be cynical
Allow your new boss or coworkers to earn your trust from a clean slate. If you have been jaded by a former company or boss, don’t let that negative experience color your present circumstance.
- Address conflict immediately
Rebuilding trust is even more difficult than earning it, therefore, communication is key. To avoid trust being broken due to misunderstandings or ignored conflict, be sure to address issues swiftly, in a professional and composed manner. Listen objectively to both sides of the story and seek reconciliation.
- Benefit of the doubt
If it is a first time offense, giving your co-worker the benefit of the doubt is often the best response. If a violation of trust is still suspected, seek perspective from a trusted colleague outside of the company. Sometimes it’s okay to just let certain issues go. However, if a confrontation is needed, focus on being kind, calm, and honest with your feelings.
- Evaluate yourself
If mistrust seems to be an issue you face throughout your career, it’s possible that you may be contributing to some of it. Take a personal evaluation of your level of trust in the workplace and how well others can trust you.
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