The workplace is a dynamic and ever changing environment. Many things affect the collective energy and psyche of your workforce and therefore your culture. A few of the most important being a clear and inspiring vision, work that makes a difference, clear expectations and a culture built on trust.
Nothing will undermine an organization’s culture more than a lack of trust. Consider how your employees feel if someone is constantly looking over their shoulder. It causes them to wonder if they are liked, respected or doing a good a job. This creates uncertainty and doubt, which will undo all good intentions. This is especially true with millennials.
At the heart of it we all want to be accepted and appreciated for the work we do. This seems so simple, but yet so many companies miss the mark.
Trust is built upon open and honest dialogue. Being authentic in your communication allows your workforce the opportunity to express his or her own authenticity. This creates the opportunity for each employee to express his or her unique and diverse skills. That is a win for the company.
Employees want to know what is expected of them and how well they are doing or not doing. They don’t mind hearing the negative as long as it is communicated in a constructive manner. This provides the ability to learn and grow. Growth is the natural outcome in an organization that is actively pursuing a culture of trust.
Also, a natural byproduct of trust is sharing of ideas. This leads to new innovations and efficiencies in the workplace, saving money and increasing productivity. Managers who fail to trust will eventually lose their employees. Trust really does matters that much to your employees.
At OolaCorporateTraining our motto is “growing people grow businesses.” If you are having productivity issues then become great at leading, inspiring and trusting.