Do you trust your employees?

Trusted servant – Do you trust your employees to serve your company?

Think carefully before you answer because it is possible to expect them to serve while not trusting them.

Definition from wiki –

Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

Confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of a property to be held or used for the benefit of one or more others next line

From the dictionary –

1- Reliance on the integrity, strengths, ability, … of a person or thing: confidence

2- Confident expectation of something; hope.

Chances are your employees were hired based on their abilities and possibly pre-judged. But to trust they can’t step up and do what they were hired to do, may say more about you than them.

New hires are both nervous and trying desperately hard to impress, so nobody really thinks they are incapable. But if you start out mistrusting their ability, it sabotages the relationship from the get-go and the confidence of the employee.

The downward spiral of engagement can start right here.

I know some of you are thinking that trust has to be earned. In some cases yes, so start them off with smaller projects then trust that it is within their ability and they will get it done well.

This can also happen when an error is made no matter how large or small. Trust and confidence are shaken. We may even sit in wait to catch their mistakes.

We tell ourselves we do this to help, but this affects their confidence and now they don’t trust themselves or blame the work environment. They start just putting in the time.

Letting them go can be a challenge. It’s like kids who act bad for attention, are you giving the wrong people your attention?

The up and comers need to be recognized for a job well done, innovation, creativity, leadership and more. When you focus on competence you will get more of it. Focus on issues then magically they seem to multiply.

Trusting others frees up your time and energy to focus on what you want to grow, your business. Your people will step up, fade away or if incompetent, need replacing if they just don’t have it.

Depending on the size of your business there may be other people in a position to mentor a newbie or bring up their skill base, speed or other skill.

When you don’t trust others they know it and act according to your expectations and beliefs. Believing in them is a win-win situation and can create a terrific opportunity for growth for everyone.

Consider, how you would want to be treated if in their situation or shoes.

It comes back to respect, belief and trusting others. expect the best and you are more likely to get it.

Author: Tammy Rowland

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