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A Sprinkle of Gleeful Glitter: How Building Trust Aligns Your Organization

Do you think your employees trust you? If so, they may be among the 18% of the company who does. Once scoffed at for being too “soft” of a factor to impact production, trust is now epitomized as the lead characteristic of successful enterprises. Leadership trust, in particular, is not always an easy thing to obtain, especially in the face of past failures. However, its formation can widen avenues that were previously inaccessible, permitting your team to charge forward into the fray. Think of it like a spine that’s badly misaligned. It’s up to you to crack it back into place. Here’s why you should bother.

The Benefits of Leadership Trust

You won’t just feel better when you look in the mirror; leadership trust adds a whole new level to corporations.

Better Performance

The effect is known as the “happy worker thesis.” It implies that happier workers have better productivity rates. Do you think it’s accurate? Researchers found a positive correlation when assessing 47 human service workers. Still not convinced? A similar experiment was conducted in Britain in a much larger venture. It included 700 randomly-chosen individuals. After making them smile until their cheeks hurt and stuffing them with snacks and drinks, the experiment’s conductors calculated a 12% to 20% productivity increase.

Retention

Happy workers tend to stay at their jobs. Why wouldn’t they? When it costs an average of $4,000 to hire a new employee and $7,000 to hire a professional or manager, making your team happy may not sound like such a wasted effort. A study by TimeJobs discovered that almost 90% of workers were willing to stay longer in a position that made them happy. The key was making each individual feel appreciated. Yes, that means encouraging trust. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an average retention rate of 4.6 years in the 2016 workforce. You could easily make that 10 by spreading a little cheer.

Creativity

Leadership trust brings deeper engagement to the corporation. Members will work enthusiastically and aim higher. Focusing on your employee’s well-being, providing positive feedback, and encouraging open communication has impressive results. The multitude of perspectives brought to the table from diverse backgrounds brings new ways of considering an obstacle or tackling a new agenda. Team members learn to listen and engage with everyone in the company because trust becomes ubiquitous. Even better, happiness is contagious, so every time you promote an optimistic environment trust and smiles spread like spilled glitter. Fostering teamwork provides a sense of belonging, which increases job satisfaction, trust, and overall career happiness.

Open New Doors

45% of employees believe a lack of dependable leadership is the biggest issue impacting work performance. Arthur Gensler of Fortune Magazine suggests asking employees to look in the mirror each morning and to be proud of what they are doing. If you approach each and every day with that perception, you’ll be just fine. Are you convinced and willing to spread a little on-the-job cheer and, with it, trust? If so, take a look at our article. It provides five workplace tips to turn those frowns upside down.