January 26, 2022
I am sure you have been waiting anxiously all week for the exciting conclusion in my two part series on employee trust. If you missed last week, you can binge read by starting here with the first episode: The Value of Employees’ Trust. Get your popcorn ready, this is gonna be exciting!
Okay, maybe not, but popcorn still sounds good to me. So does having employee’s who trust in me as a manager. If you read my blog last week, you know that can do so many positive things for our businesses. How can we, as bosses and business owners, earn our employees’ trust?
First, we need to listen more than we speak. If you are able, setting aside time at the end of meetings for your employees to provide thoughts and feedback gives them a consistent place and time to share. When they provide feedback, listen openly. If something does need to be addressed or changed, consider including them on the plan for change and then be sure to follow through with any changes.
Practice consistency. Employees need to be able to trust that you will respond the same in similar situations. Trust takes time to earn and build, and showing that consistency over time is a huge part of that.
Be honest and transparent. No one likes to have bombs dropped on them out of the blue. Letting your employees know what is coming shows that you value them and also helps everyone prepare for changes before they happen.
Show your appreciation every day, even a simple thank you can go a long way to building community.
Got more ideas that can help other small business owners foster employee trust? Head over to my Facebook or Instagram page and leave a comment! And thank you all for the trust you place in me every day.
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