A partnership in trust can take a lot of work and time to develop, but sometimes it’s the little things we do that can make a big difference. People pick up on trust by the little clues and cues that we express through our words and actions, and it doesn’t always have to be hard. It does, however, must be from the heart. We know that developing trust consists of honesty, integrity and communication, and general rapport. When we achieve intimate levels of trust, we also lower our stress and gain peace of mind. Trust that is earned and honored achieves goals and success for those that contribute to the partnership.
Trust is also about creating meaningful relationships in all aspects of our lives. Trust makes us feel like we are not alone, and this is vital for most of us in the work environment. It’s not just about getting along, but the feeling that there are those we can count on. In fact, our success depends on it. The gestures that we share with each other encourage us to be professionally vulnerable so we can tackle work problems together and become more efficient. Not to mention the fact that trust simply makes us feel better about ourselves and one another. Here are some helpful tips on the little things you can do to help develop trust with your team and co-workers.
Actively seek feedback – People appreciate it when you seek their advice and input, and this also makes you vulnerable. It’s a great way to learn as well. You don’t want to come across as being insecure so be genuine in your ask and listen to their response with grace. This will make you more trustworthy.
Express gratitude often – But don’t overdo it either. Then again, we don’t often say ‘thank you’ enough as a society, so perhaps err on the side of excess. When people feel gratitude for their efforts, they are more inclined to trust you.
Give credit where credit is due – Take notice when someone puts in the extra effort, makes your job easier, or just simply performs a task with excellence. People like to get noticed and when you give them credit, especially in the company of others, it feels like you are looking out for them in a way. What better way to help encourage trust?
Empower others – Trust people with that which they ought to be trusted. This includes allowing them to make mistakes. Help them to build their confidence. When you can help someone to grow and develop, they have to (and want to) trust you.
Celebrate the victories of others – These can be both personal and work-related victories. When people showcase their wins no matter how big or small, it gives them a moment to brag and if they can do so without the concern of others judging them, it helps to create a sense of trust.