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6 Steps to Build Trust and Encourage Creativity in the Workplace

Posted by Guest Post on Oct 26, 2021 11:05:00 AM

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In order to have a successful business, there must be mutual trust and understanding between you and your team. Without mutual trust, you are likel

y to have higher rates of disengagement and unproductivity among your employees. They are also likely to have increased levels of stress, which can lead to burnout, and they may not feel comfortable approaching you with questions or feedback.

Lack of trust can stifle any creativity and new ideas that are integral to solving problems and growing your business. So, how do you encourage creativity and trust in the workplace? Here are six steps for you.

1. Listen More, Speak Less

Your team is made up of individuals with their own personalities and skills. This is what makes your team so great. Because they are all different, they can provide viewpoints and solutions for problems from multiple angles, which is necessary for growth. It is important to be a good listener. Ask your team questions, and if needed ask them to elaborate so you can understand their point of view.

2. Ask for Feedback and Act on It

A great way to build trust is to regularly ask your team for feedback. This will tell your team that not only do you listen to them and value their input, but you also trust them and their insight. Using pulse surveys can be a great way to gather feedback from your team.

Once you gather enough information, go through the results and look for issues or ideas that are commonly brought up and work on them promptly. Communicate with your team what the results were, give the team members credit for their ideas, and include them in the process. This will help build trust and let them know that they matter to you and your business. This can increase job satisfaction, which is good for them and for your bottom line.

3. Offer a Channel for Anonymous Suggestions

There might be members of your team who are hesitant to offer feedback or bring up concerns. This may be due to anxiety or other issues in the workplace. It’s important to make sure everyone can speak up. Remove any barriers by providing a channel for anonymous whistleblowing. That way everyone on your team can speak freely and comfortably, and any issues or concerns they have can be brought to your attention immediately before potentially affecting your business.

You can also show that you take their concerns seriously and prioritize a safe, healthy work environment where your employees can thrive. Online sexual harassment training can set the ground rules for interactions among your team and prevent problems before they happen.

4. Choose the Right People

If you tend to hire people with similar cultural and educational backgrounds, you may find growth in some areas of your business becoming stagnant. When you focus on diversity when hiring new employees, you’ll have people who are able to bring unique perspectives that allow you to see problems from multiple angles — and even offer more creative solutions to correct them. 

Artificial intelligence can allow hiring free from unconscious biases, and it can be a great way to bring in a more diverse team and boost productivity.

5. Make Time for Fun Activities

Giving time for your team to just have fun and connect with each other can give them a better sense of togetherness, which will boost their morale and ultimately their productivity. Company outings or game nights can be fun ways to get everyone together.

6. Improve the Environment

Office design can affect your team's productivity and creativity. Simple things like lighting, furniture, ventilation, and décor can boost or hinder creative thinking and your team's overall happiness. No one wants to spend time in an environment that is unpleasant. However, creating flexible layouts and installing bright, industrial lighting are great ways to change your office design, improve the workplace atmosphere, and better facilitate creativity. 

 

This guest post was written by Elizabeth Rivera and may not be copied or republished without PeopleGuru's express written consent. Elizabeth Rivera is a writer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is passionate about workplace culture, health, and fashion. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves to write music, cook, and play video games.

Topics: Uncategorized, Workforce Management, HR, Wellness

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