How to Build Trust in the Workplace

To create a successful organization, there must be mutual trust between all team members. However, according to, only 1 out of 5 HR and engagement leaders believe their employees deeply trust company leaders, and 50 percent of employees said they don’t think HR is trustworthy. Without trust, employees are less likely to be motivated, productive, and hardworking. Read on as we provide you with tips on how to build trust in your workplace.

Listen More Than You Speak

All of your employees are unique and have different ideas, opinions, and viewpoints. Ask them to contribute their idea on a project, solution, or change and when they do, genuinely listen and value what they have to say.

You have the opportunity to learn from each person you work with, no matter the level they are at. Be ready to listen to positive and negative feedback whether you agree with it or not.

Show Your Employees Appreciation Every Day

It is important to provide your employees with frequent positive feedback in real-time. Some ways you can do this is by writing quick thank you notes, offering verbal praise, and providing employee awards. Making your employees feel appreciated builds a sense of community and allows them to feel secure. When there comes a time that you need to discuss an area of improvement, your employees will be more receptive if they already have a trusting relationship with you.

Show Consistency

Practice what you preach, day in and day out. Your team needs to know what to expect and they shouldn’t have to wonder if you’re going to deliver on your promises. If you require your employees to show up to work on time with a good attitude, you need to do the same. Practicing consistency will show your employees that they can trust what you say, that you’ll lead by example, and that you are working to create a positive environment.

Focus on Essential Workplace Skills

The Center for Work Ethic Development has identified the seven most essential workplace skills that help people reach their highest potential in their careers. These foundational skills include attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, acceptance, appreciation, and accountability.

As a leader, strive to help your employees constantly develop these workplace skills. Also be sure that you, yourself, are developing and demonstrating these skills.

To learn more about The Center for Work Ethic Development’s seven essential workplace skills, and how to implement our curriculum in your workplace, visit