Careerbuilder reports that U.S. workers say it’s difficult to place trust in the boss when they show these adverse characteristics:
- Plays favorites – 23%
- Doesn’t follow through on what he/she promises – 21%
- Doesn’t listen to concerns – 21%
- Doesn’t provide regular feedback – 20%
- Doesn’t motivate me – 17%
- Only provides negative feedback – 14%
Secondly, treat your employees fairly. When it is perceived that the manager has “favorites” in the office, it’s only a matter of time before interoffice competition will reach an unhealthy level. Get to know your employees. When managers know the challenges of the team and work to help them overcome those obstacles, they become more trustworthy through the “we’re in this together” mindset.
Lastly, managers should give regular feedback to their employees – and not just negative feedback. Make it a point to give praise to your team when the opportunity arises. You’ll not only help boost the morale of your team with positive energy, but your employees will begin to understand you see their hard work and their effort is not in vain.