With an aim to present themselves as agile and innovative, often employers make the major mistake of overlooking their employee.
In this article at SHRM, Dori Meinert explains that lack of trust between employees and employers may lead to costly mistakes in terms of budget, time, and brand reputation.
What is Trust?
When the employees and employers are willing to count on each other, without fearing risk, that is when trust builds in a firm. But when leaders breach employees’ trust in a bid to gain the confidence of CEOs and aim for hitting maximum revenue, they break trust. This may inflame a sense of fear among employees that turns into toxic office politics. By avoiding these common mistakes, leaders can maintain peace and trust at work. Let’s take a look:
- Avoiding Conflict: By discouraging disagreement, open discussions remain impossible. To create a psychologically secure environment, bring the downsides of a plan up.
- Breaking Promises: Once promised something to the employees and not doing it when required, it surely impacts their trust. Why should employees trust your words next time?
- Focus on Compliance: In the fast-changing world, employers cannot anticipate everything. Instead, give your employees more leeway, share goals and trust their common sense.
- Honest Communication: Being hesitant to share bad news is common, but keeping it to yourself is no good for employees. Maintain honest conversation with the employees if you aim for the best
- Assuming Trust: A trustworthy relationship does not occur on its own. Once has to explicitly work on building and maintaining trust.
The author believes that to build a culture of trust at work, the leaders must cultivate an environment of compassion, clarity, competency, commitment, connection, and consistency. Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0618/Pages/why-trust-matters-at-work.aspx