How To Build Trust With Your Team
Managing employees can be a challenging role yet with some basic guidelines you can build trust with your team. When an employee trusts their manager, they are more engaged in their work and consequently more productive. Here are some ideas to help you build a strong working relationship with each member of your team:
- Honestly always works best — even if you don’t know the answer, let them know and indicate you will get back to them. If you want a productive team, employees collaborate better when they have the information they need to create strong solutions. If you can’t give the information, indicate why and let them know when you can.
- Coach employees — so they are performing at their best. Recognize their strengths and maximize the best way for each person to use them. If there is a weakness and it’s an important function of their role, work with them to find solutions to build this area of their performance. Coaching doesn’t take responsibility for performance, rather is there to help each member of your team succeed to the best of their ability.
- Follow Through — it’s important that if you say you are going to do something, it gets done. When you follow through, your team will trust your word.
- Listen to your employees — you can’t solve all of their problems, yet when you listen to them you can either be instrumental in solving it or help them come up with solutions. When you listen to them, you start to understand what motivates them, and show respect for what they have to say.
Trust needs to be earned
As a manager, your role is to make sure each employee succeeds in their role. Employees no longer just follow their manager blindly. They are looking for a manager who will be right in there with them, open, communicative and involved with their success.
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