Trust is very important in any business setting. Is this something you get from your people?
It’s an important question because a lack of trust leads to poor communication. This, in turn, results in a lack of transparency.
Trust is a major issue in Australian workplaces. This is according to The 2014 Building Workplace Trust report, which states that only 38% of people trust their managers enough to talk openly to them about ideas.
It only goes to show that honest and open communication in your workplace is crucial - it can propel your business forward.
A lack of trust is a major demotivator as well. It comes as a result of people feeling like their leaders don’t care about them or their ideas.
This is an issue that Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg aims to overcome. It’s the reason she has an open communication policy. This is what she said:
“We know we'll never achieve our mission if we aren't communicating openly and honestly with each other. Honest feedback delivered frequently and with good intent is important. It’s what helps us build better products and develop better leaders.”
Her advice is to encourage your people to feed their ideas back to you. Help them understand that you appreciate them for every contribution they make. And, most importantly, offer feedback on those ideas. Make sure your people feel heard and create discussions around their ideas.
Once you do this, your employees will feel appreciated. The more they feel appreciated, the more they will love their work. This also helps encourage them to be vocal with their ideas. These ideas can help your business make improvements which can help you save time and money as well.
All it takes is to open up your mind in getting ideas from your employees. Do not take this the wrong way. Look at these ideas as building blocks in creating a more stable business.
This also helps you identify future leaders in your rank. You get to see who your A team is and who you can trust.
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