Trust is often a topic that people discuss when strategizing success for a relationship, company, or goal. There are many issues to think about when a company is trying to succeed, but trust is the bedrock of your organization’s strength. Building trust with your employees and managers is not an easy task, but if running a company was easy, everyone would do it. There are certain ideologies that a company needs to remember to form trust throughout the office. Revolutionary Solutions has found a few useful ways to help our employees build trust. For starters, show faith in others for them to be able to trust you. The best way for your team to trust you is when they feel like they are included in the bigger picture. Everyone wants to be informed, and no one likes to be caught off guard with information that would have been better shared ahead of time. Everyone in the office must be on the same page with company goals, and the only way to do that is by having good communication skills.

Meanwhile, be careful not to share fake knowledge. Employees need to see you are competent enough to admit when you do not know something, and it is okay to not always have the answers! It is also essential to let your team members shine. When someone in the office has gone above and beyond the expected level, let the team know and congratulate them. Employees like to be shown appreciation and know that their hard work means something significant. Being a great leader is another vital way to build trust in the office. Part of becoming a great leader is tackling difficult tasks.  Remember everyone on the team is watching you. Tackle those problematic tasks and show your team that the company can accomplish anything they put their mind to. The basics of building trust fall under being comfortable around your coworkers. As a boss, a principle to remember is that you need to make connections. Emphasize what you have in common, as it helps employees believe that their goals are aligned with yours. An unfortunate problem that many companies are facing is when managers or coworkers play favorites.

Remember not to speak negatively of anyone because we are all on the same team. Negative discussions concerning individuals in the office may lead others to perceive you as untrustworthy. They might automatically assume you will also speak poorly of them. Another common issue is managers who do not know how to give direction. Remember to encourage your employees rather than command them to complete a task. Motivating employees to succeed on their own will earn trust and respect in return.

Lastly, the final way that everyone in the company can build trust is by admitting mistakes and accepting responsibly. Hiding mistakes is never a good idea and usually comes to light; therefore, it is better to be truthful from the start.  If your employees are having trust issues and if additional help is necessary, please contact us.  We would be happy to share more tips.  Together we can build trust among our teams.

Good teams become great teams when the members trust one another enough to surrender the “me” for the “we.” A team is not a group of people who work together but a group of people who trust one another.

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Article by Brittney Floyd, Revolutionary Solutions, LLC.