Any relationship whether that is an intimate relationship, a friend, or a workspace needs trust. Being able to build trust is essential in any setting and relationship.

You need trust between these people in order to have a well-functioning team. The strength of your team is defined by their ability to collaborate and trust each other. This ability will define your organization. The better the team, the better the company.

Trust determines how quickly everyone works, how they feel, and how they thrive in the environment. Working on a team without trust will destroy motivation and can wreak havoc and/or make it incredibly difficult for your team or the individual to succeed. This means, in turn, your company will suffer.

You want people on your team to thrive. You want them to grow with you, for you. You want them to grow because of you.

Does your team currently have trust?

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According to a study done by the Harvard Business Review, 58% of people say they trust a stranger more than they trust their own boss. That’s a surprisingly high number and something to consider. This might be happening in your company as well.

This means that one in three people do not trust their employer, but why?

Building and having trust in a team is imperative to an effective workplace and for employees who need to work together. Learning how to get there might take time, but it’s worth it.

So why does this matter and why should it be something you care about?

Companies that place an emphasis on trust in their employees enjoy better employee retention and satisfaction overall, it’s a proven fact.

Is your workplace doing enough to promote employee trust and satisfaction? What is your retention of the overall morale of these employees?

When was the last time you did a 360º or temperature check to see if your team is thriving and what you could do to improve? Do you have the skills to do this?

 

Do You Really Trust Your Team(Do They Really Trust You?)

 

When you think about the people you trust most in this world, does your team come to mind? Do you think you really work well together, communicate effectively, and are you branching out and growing in the ways you should be?

Having adequate trust in a team not only get projects done faster but can truly make a difference in the quality of the work being done. You’d still hire Picasso if he said he had a team, wouldn’t you?

It’s because you trust him and his work, he trusts his team, so you trust his team. You trust that because he is amazing at what he does, so are his people.

If your answer on whether you trust your team is a bit shaky, you will want to re-evaluate all the ways you can boost trust between members of your team. There are proven methods of why this should be done, and how to accomplish it.

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The Braving Method: Brene’ Brown

 

Whether you’ve heard of this method or not – it’s amazing. It is what every team everywhere should be using. Dare to lead is what is the driving factor and if you’re ready to lead, then you’re ready for the seven elements of trust in your team.

1. Boundaries

Boundaries of everyone on the team are respected. When boundaries are crossed, each member of the team should feel comfortable saying no.

2. Reliability

You are reliable to finish what you say you’re going to finish at work. You do the work, show up, and are consistent. You are aware of your competencies and do not over-extend yourself.

3. Accountability

You own up to the mistakes that you make, apologize, and try to fix the issue.

4. Vault

Almost like a secret, you don’t share any information that is not yours to share. Any information that should be confidential between two people should not be shared.

5. Integrity

You choose what is right, even if it means it’s harder. Courage over comfort is something that is prioritized, allowing you to stand your ground and hold up your integrity. You practice your values, not just talking or telling others about them.

6. Non-Judgment

Everyone is able to ask for what they need without judgment. The same goes for saying what you feel or stand for, without judgment or negativity.

7. Generosity

You continue to be generous to the others on the team with regard to how they feel. Being mindful of your words and actions and how they affect others.

These seven factors all go into building and holding trust in a team. Creating these work environments that teams can flourish intakes more than saying you’re going to build trust.  Building trust properly means actually bringing your team through trust-building exercises.

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The Neuroscience of Trust

 

The latest neuroscience research shows that having a strong connection with the work you do, and the colleagues you work with creates more positive, energetic, and positive employees. Building an environment that promotes these values leads to increased profitability, higher productivity of the employees, and better quality products and services being sold and distributed for companies that focus on these values. The chemical reaction in the brain for these positive experiences and relationships brings more to the companies, but also to the employees.

Building a culture of trust specifically for employee retention and happiness has been shown to be successful. Studies show that employees that work in a trust-filled workplace come to work with more energy, more motivation, and want to do good for the company. They work harder, smarter, and better.

Trust Brings Better Workplaces All Around

When there is trust and comfort in the workplace workers enjoy higher oxytocin levels in their brains. The increase in oxytocin, in turn, creates happier, healthier, more productive employees in the workplace.

Don’t you want happier employees who are doing great for your company? For your profits?

Trust is all that is needed for oxytocin to be released and employees to remain happy with the company. This is an easy fix, that can build a stronger, better company with happy, long-term employees.

Build Trust with These Exercises for Your Team

 

Improve the cohesion of your teams with help from the right exercises that are proven to build trust between everyone on your team. Running through these exercises will help you gain traction in the workplace and build trust between employees (and even employers).

Trust-building exercises do not come naturally to the team. They come with time and practice with someone who is knowledgeable in this area. Here are some quick exercises that you can start in the workplace on your own. These activities are made to help the team start trusting one another and working more seamlessly.

  1. Advocate for your team – whether you’re the employer, manager, or a team member; advocating for your team is going to speak volumes about your commitment and level of trust..
  2. Empower and value your workers through positive reinforcement, incentives, and encouragement.
  3. Address issues early on, openly, and eagerly. You want to listen and actually provide a resolution for the issue that works with everyone.
  4. Encourage open communication and feedback for employees, but also for them to come to managers, employers, and others.
  5. Lead by example. Show your workers that you trust in them, so they can trust in you and follow the golden rules for creating a trust-filled environment.
  6. Get to know each other personally, not just professionally. Create friends and a bond within the workplace.
  7. Do not point blame at the others in the team. You want to resolve issues without creating more issues with everyone.
  8. Bring all the team members together in informal settings. Use parties, get-togethers, and dinner events to create an informal environment for everyone to mingle and get to know each other.

These are just some ideas that can be used in the workplace, but trust culture goes deeper and well beyond simple exercises that can be done. It is a psychological and neurological response that builds over time because of a series of events that trigger employees’ oxytocin levels to increase.

Use Phrases to Boost Your Team’s Morale

Phrases that show you acknowledge and trust your team are a must to boost morale. These phrases can help to boost self-esteem, but also help to put positive reinforcement into everyone. Positivity and kindness can go a long way.

Some of the strongest words of wisdom to your team can come from the courage to speak boldly. Brene Brown really captures our attention with those strong phrases. If you’re stuck on what to use for your team; here are some of my favorites.

“There is absolutely no innovation without failure.”

“I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes.”

“Daring leadership is ultimately about serving other people, not ourselves. That’s why we choose courage.”

“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

Walking your team through exercises is not enough to instill in them the feeling of trust within their close co-worker circle. Words with the actions will, though.

 

Q&A

 

WHY DOES MY TEAM NEED TRUST?

Your team is not the only team that needs trust. Every single team that you come across needs trust in order to run effectively. Trust should be a major priority for your team if you want a work culture that is driven and successful.

 

CAN I HIRE SOMEONE TO TEACH MY TEAM THESE EXERCISES?

You can hire a professional executive coach and team leader who can teach you the most valuable trust-building exercises to improve your work culture. They understand the importance of having a workplace full of trust and teams that can collaborate effectively and efficiently.

 

WHAT DOES BUILDING A COMPANY OF TRUST MEAN FOR MY BUSINESS?

There are a number of reasons that building a company of trust is ideal for your business. It creates better team collaboration, boosts productivity, and enhances profits for the company. Additionally, companies that build trust between members effectively experience higher worker retention and improve decision-making, productivity, and innovation capabilities. This builds better businesses.

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST WAY I CAN BUILD TRUST AS AN EMPLOYER?

Valuing your employees is the single biggest way you can build trust and enhance the retention of your employees. Being an employer who values your employees instead of the work they put out is a great way to create trust with them.

 

SHOULD I ASK MY EMPLOYEES ANYTHING SPECIFIC?

YES! Ask them how they are doing, what they’d like to see in the workplace, if they have feedback, or if they are having any issues with anything. Find out about the work, the people; or anything else within the environment. Listening to your employees creates trust, understanding, and security.

Teach all of the managers and leaders on the team how to value your employees and check in with them. Teach them that they should value each member of their team under them and work alongside team members on projects. This creates a trusting environment between employers and employees. Build trust with them, make them feel valued as an employee.

 

How Can Executive Coaches Help With Trust Building?

As an executive coach who has helped hundreds of others, I work on your ability to lead across different growth stages. My work is to instill in you the knowledge and skills you need to not only successfully run your business, but to help you guide your team.

I provide a safe, structured, and trustworthy environment for everyone to come together in the workplace and grow in. I stand for the word trust and as such, that is what I provide. Executive coaches practice trust in the work that we do but also teach others how to use trust in their teams to their advantage, as well. This, in turn, allows your business to grow, prosper and gain more traction in your industry than you thought possible.

My goal is to teach you how to obtain those higher revenue lines while being a part of your team. Take your leadership to the next level. Work with me, an Executive Coach, who has your back, literally, and the backs of each of your team members.