On trust…

Trust. A big word in relationships, in the workplace, and in every day life. We are forced to trust, even when we might not… i.e. how many of us check how clean a kitchen is at a restaurant before agreeing to eat their food? Probably never!

However, there are areas where trust, or a lack of trust, can have a significant impact on a situation. Relationships, intimate or casual, can suffer if there is little trust. And, on the other side of the coin, relationships can flourish with full trust. So.. how do we establish and nurture this crucial state? How do YOU inspire trust?

This article by Geoff Forte nicely addresses some ideas for trust in the workplace.

The Secrets of Building Trust in the Workplace

Scottish author George Macdonald said that “it is better to be trusted than loved.” That may not be entirely applicable in private life, but it certainly is a sound axiom to live by at work. Experts agree that trust is one of the most important ingredients to a productive, synergistic and communicative workplace. Much has been said about building relationships with co-workers, bosses and customers, but while that is an important element to success, the need to forge trusting relationships is the real key. What are some warning signs that you may have a trust issue in your workplace?

1-A very active “grapevine,” or “rumor mill”
2-High turnover rate
3-“Turf wars”
4-Defensiveness
5-Low initiative, morale

Read the rest of the article by Greg Forte,  contributor to Yahoo Voices

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