I'm sure that the thought 'Oh, I can't trust them' has crossed your mind many times in your life already. This should not be the case while working with a team. Check out five simple practices to build trust within your team!
I'm sure that the thought "Oh, I can't trust them" has crossed your mind many times in your life already. And that particular thought has stopped you from saying something to another person or doing something in front of others. I know the feeling when you think twice before you act because you don't feel confident enough to do so. But this should not be the case while working with a team towards a common goal. You should feel safe to open up to them - you should trust them!
Trust provides a sense of safety. Why? Because you can rely on one another to do your part of the work. When the team members trust each other, they also feel comfortable to express their ideas, to take risks and expose their hidden vulnerabilities. Essentially trust is loyalty.
So, it becomes pretty clear that lack of trust can damage the team environment, causing irreversible results in people's energy, but most importantly, in their communication and performance. This is why team leaders and managers must always keep an eye on the work environment. They should try to know every member's personality and ensure they all have the same sense of trust.
Go on, continue reading to find out five simple practices to build trust within your team.
It is your responsibility to think it thoroughly before you make a decision, a promise or even a simple statement to your team. All members expect that you will keep your word. Thus, a broken promise or a feel of misguidance are guaranteed ways to lose their respect and trust to you. Apart from that, it's also your task to be consistent. It would be best if you treat all team members in the same way. If there are rules, everyone must follow them. Otherwise, it can ultimately erode any trust within the team.
We must admit that some level of cliques and short discussions in the workplace are inevitable. Some believe they may seem harmless or even healthy because team members will bond with each other. However, a manager should control a situation like this. Open communication is essential while building trust. You must get everyone on your team talking to one another in an honest, meaningful way.
I'm not sure you can find people out there who enjoy being micromanaged. It is one thing trying to give guidance and information and another to impose your opinions and hover over them too much. You must show them trust and encourage them to shine. You care about their progress, so you have to make that clear. Nothing says "I care" more than investing time and effort in helping someone achieve a goal. Caring begets trust.
When people work together, mistakes and disappointments might happen. Your team won't always get it right. Thus, let them fail - safely! How? Remember to create opportunities for feedback loops both during project development and after its completion. This way, a bottleneck will be addressed more efficiently, or a good idea can introduce a great idea instead. And if something goes entirely wrong, encourage your team to think about the mistake constructively, so you can fix it and make sure that it won't happen again.
The first thing you should do when your team has trust issues is to address them quickly and professionally. You do not want to let these problems linger. Remember, everyone is watching you. When we don't address issues efficiently and effectively, it erodes the morale and the trust of the whole team. After that, it is essential to find out the source of those problems to come up with a strategy for overcoming them.
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