How to Trust People at Work

She is the founder of The Academy for Communication and Learning

Published: 14th December 2014 10:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th December 2014 10:03 AM   |  A+A-


Today all of us have started feeling claustrophobic about our relationships both at work and at home. They may know more and the contemporary mantra that knowledge is power has blinded our basic response to trust people. We tend to view others around us as competitors and not as counter parts who exist because we have to work together.

There is a feeling of threat, insecurity and under confidence. There is a breakdown of trust. We need to view all this intelligently applying both emotion and logic . We have stopped trusting because of the building fear that if we share information somebody may take advantage of us. Therefore we try to manipulate and tweak information.

We think we are being diplomatic and strategic in our communication. Unfortunately, it is not so. It is not going to help us build productive teams in the workplace that is based on common objectives and trust.

If we fail to trust our friends, colleagues and superiors, we may get into the habit of lying, cheating and manipulating. To be honest, truthful and share information, to be transparent in communication, to be consistent and to never default in commitments are the best ways to build trust and long-lasting relationships at work and in our personal lives.

As managers and leaders at workplace we need to ask challenging and hard questions, we cannot do any undercover operations assuming that it may go unnoticed. We have to involve all our team members in our decisions. We need to share and discuss opinions. Listen to others and make the team members feel wanted. We have to set strong precedence in believing in people.


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