Are you looking for ways to make your employees more productive, foster the development of innovative ideas and retain your team while maintaining a client-centered focus? One of the ways to accomplish these goals is to develop your company’s culture in a way that fosters high trust between management, coworkers and team members.
Understanding High Trust Workplace Cultures
A high trust workplace culture is one that is low stress and full of excitement for the workday. Employees feel free to express ideas and opinions on how to make the company more efficient. Coworkers openly communicate with each other and with management. They are also eager to go to work each morning because they feel they can make a difference, get recognized and even advance within the company.
Benefits of a High Trust Workplace Culture
High trust workplace cultures foster communication, loyalty and innovation through improved employee relations, and once you’ve accomplished these three things, you will notice an increase in output and improved profitability and customer satisfaction. You will also be limiting your business’ liability.
- According to org, companies with high trust cultures are 50 percent more productive within two years of implementing cultural changes.
- Businesses with high trust workplace cultures are better able to attract and retain skilled talent.
- Current and future employees are 50 percent less likely to leave their jobs once trust is established.
- Employees who work in trusting environments use 13 percent fewer personal and sick days each year.
- Employees are better able to accept and implement company changes.
- Trusting employees are 76 percent more likely to communicate with their coworkers and managers.
- Employees in healthy, trusting environments are more client centered and report higher levels of customer satisfaction.
Ways to Foster a Culture of Trust
There are several ways you can foster trust within your current company culture in order to improve employee, relations, protect your profit and limit your liability.
1. Limit Micromanaging
Most employees do not function well if they feel as though they always have a manager hovering over them. Instead of telling each employee exactly what to do each day, allow them the ability to manage their own workflows with the expectation that they will complete their work by the deadline. Implementing this step may require retraining your managers to not micromanage employees. This could be accomplished with our individualized HR solutions that include management training documentation and practical application ideas.
2. Communicate Often
Ensure your managers are communicating often. Employees like to stay up-to-date with the happenings of the business, the goals and any changes that may be coming in the future. You can accomplish this with a short morning meeting in each department. Also, don’t forget to recognize both employee and business achievements. Employees appreciate knowing they are making a difference both individually and for the company.
3. Give Employees Challenging Work
Develop your employees by giving them increasingly challenging work. By delegating advanced tasks and assignments to employees, you will be helping them to develop their skills and improve individual productivity. That will make them more valuable both in the short-term and long-term. The advanced work can even prepare them for advancement within the company. Our expert HR consultants can help you determine how and when to give employees more responsibility with focused knowledge applications.
4. Allow Employees to Manage Their Days
Instead of having set workday schedules, allow employees to manage their own days within the needs of the business. This may mean allowing employees to have work from home days or allowing flexible shifts.
5. Host Work Events
Build trust and teamwork by hosting company events both on and off-site. Hosting holiday parties, evening get-togethers and weekend retreats can help foster communication, trust and loyalty without the added stress of the workday.
6. Implement a Speak Up Now Hotline
Implementing a speak up now hotline can allow your employees to address concerns, ask questions, provide suggestions and report workplace harassment anonymously without the fear of repercussions. Even with a high trust workplace culture, employees may still feel uncomfortable asking certain questions or reporting certain non-desirable behaviors. Our Speak Up Now hotline allows employees to immediately address concerns, give ideas and report harassment so that it can be investigated thoroughly and efficiently.
To learn more about how our HR solutions can help you build, foster and maintain a high trust workplace culture trough custom individualized HR solutions, call us today at 980-422-7953.