Why not spend a little time thinking about ways to boost employee trust in you and your company? It is has been well documented that when workers feel secure and happy, they produce better results. The success of your business hinges in large part on the quality of their work. When you work to build employee trust, you enlist key allies in your quest to improve your bottom line.
Tips for building employee trust
Here are 5 key strategies for building employee trust and loyalty:
1. Invest in your staff
This is so important. The better trained your staff are, the better they will accomplish any goals you set for the company. Investing in their professional and personal development will make them feel valued and the company will reap the rewards in the future.
You could sponsor guest speakers, certificate courses, CPD qualification or schedule regular sessions where they can join in and develop their skill-sets. You can also easily track staff development with a training management system to see their growth.
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2. Give feedback
Feedback is more important than people give credit for. It can help you steer your staff in the right direction and also show them that you are paying attention to their work. Constructive feedback can help employees understand their weakness and improve upon them; positive feedback will reinforce the best aspects of their behaviour.
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3. Open communication
As a manager or business owner, it is your duty to really listen to your workforce and understand their ideas and situations. Opening more than one channel of communication is an amazing way to gather new ideas and fresh perspectives; you and your company will benefit from this. By making yourself available to your employees, you are making yourself a part of team - as a democratic leader who wants to grow as a team, rather than a taskmaster only interested in the bottom-line
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4. Encourage team building exercises
Join your team in team building exercises and activities so that you get to know them in different situations. Here are some office team building ideas you could try within your organisation. You can improve employee engagement in your organisation by looking at and seeking to improve the employee experience.
5. Create a safe work environment
People work better when they feel safe and looked after. Ensure your health and safety policies are up to date and you are monitoring workers with special needs e.g. Young workers, returning mothers or people who have any type of disability. You could do thing through an employee health and safety software system that uses welfare tags to inform you about employees who may need extra TLC and also make sure everyone is informed about your policies. Encourage a strong safety culture within your organisation.
Written by Fiona Sanderson
Fiona is Marketing Manager at myhrtoolkit. Her areas of expertise include HR systems, productivity, employment law updates, and creating HR infographics.