What are you doing to build a culture of trust inside your organization?
I ask because the consequences of a lack of trust can impact employee productivity, engagement, and ultimately retention – and, if you’ve tried and failed to find quality candidates in this brutal job market, you already know how important it is to do whatever you can to keep your best people.
What I’m hearing again and again from clients is that people are struggling.
Many employees can’t or won’t go back to the way things were, and would love some sense of control over their work and environment moving forward.
Surveys have shown that most people consider autonomy and independence “very important” to their overall job satisfaction. What’s more, household name organizations have found that employee health, productivity, and morale all improve when they create cultures of accountability where people are empowered to do their best work on their own terms.
This recent conversation between Brené Brown and Scott Sonenshein on Why We’ll Never Be The Same Again (And Why It’s Time To Talk About It), was a great reminder that, not only can we not go back to the way things were, but two thirds of American workers are physically ill from work stress.
When we consider that work isn’t just about an individual, but about groups and teams as well, we have to remember that there needs to be a grace period to accommodate this moment of transition.
As Brené and Scott discuss, we have an opportunity right now to reset, to do things differently and better, and to strengthen our connections with ourselves and each other. We have all been forever changed, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change how we come together.
We can’t just jump back in. We must adapt.
In my new audio book, The Humanized Leader, I share how we can, as leaders, create human-centric workplaces that acknowledge and honor all of who we are, and what our needs are.
Because we can’t forget that it’s people who drive our numbers and help us reach our goals. It’s people who can learn the skills to mitigate if not eliminate workplace drama. And it’s people who provide us with the support we need to thrive outside our comfort zones.
If you want to build a culture of accountability and trust where everyone feels like they have a meaningful role to play, check out my new audio book today!
Mary Pat Knight is CEO of Leaders Inspired – an executive coaching and consulting agency devoted to the development of emotionally intelligent leaders. She is also the author of the Amazon #1 International Best Selling book, The Humanized Leader.
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