Building trust in your team isn’t always easy and it can take some time. That being said, it’s important that you work on trust-building within your team because it can have positive effects on your work and productivity. A study done by the University of Michigan found that employees who felt like they were trusted and that they mattered were more productive in the workplace. Read below for some reliable tips you can use when building trust in your team.
Building Trust in Your Team by Opening Up Communication
A research article published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science found that productive employees were ones that worked in positive environments and trusting teams. A trusting team is characterized by many things, but none more important than opening up communication with your employees. By creating a safe space where employees feel comfortable talking to you about their problems inside and outside of work you can create a positive and trustful work environment.
There are many other things you can do besides opening up communication that can help you build trust and create a positive work environment for your employees.
Here are a few positive practices that can help you start building trust in your team:
- Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibility for colleagues as friends.
- Providing support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling.
- Avoiding blame and forgive mistakes.
- Inspiring one another at work.
- Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work.
- Treating one another with respect, gratitude, trust & integrity.
Let Your Employees Know You Care
In Kim Cameron’s article, “Effects of Positive Practices on Organizational Effectiveness,” Cameron explains that there are three main reasons why taking time out of your workday to do the positive practices mentioned above can build trust in your team. The most important reason? These positive practices let your team know you care.
Some other reasons these practices can you help with building trust in your team include:
- Increase positive emotions which broaden employees’ resources and abilities by improving people’s relationships with each other and amplifying their creativity and ability to think creatively.
- Buffer against negative events like stress, improving employees ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties.
- Attract and bolster employees, making them more loyal and bringing out the best in them.
Building Trust in Your Team by Creating a Team Page on Your Website
After you’ve begun to put these positive, trust-building practices into place at the office, it’s a good idea to show your team just how valuable they are to your company. A great way to do this is by creating a team page on your website.
Creating a team page that showcases your employees, their strengths, and their assets to the company can instill a sense of pride. A team page also lets potential clients see how close and productive your team is by displaying your trust in them publicly on your website. Creating a team page on your website that is positive and personalized is a great way to let your employees know that you care.
For more tips on how to create an effective and productive team, check out my blog post “How to Build a Successful and Dynamic Virtual Team.”