If you don’t trust someone, it’s pretty difficult to work together. Imagine how challenging it would be to garner strong recommendations, let alone work promotions, if your colleagues don’t trust you.
Even if you have many skills and are extremely competent, if you’re not trustworthy, your potential for success at work is bleak, at best.
How can you win trust at work and be an ally people want to have on their teams?
- Do what you say you will, at all costs.
- Take responsibility for yourself, your work and your mistakes.
- Have your colleagues’ backs. Make decisions with everyone’s interests in mind, with the goal of benefitting the team.
- Be consistent. If you sometimes deliver on time, but sometimes flake out, assume you won’t get any credit for the times you follow through.
- Don’t gossip. Everyone assumes a gossip will eventually be sharing salacious information about him or her next time.
- Always do the right thing. Make choices that are the best for the team, even if they don’t serve your personal best interests.
Learn more, including research to support these suggestions, on the blog I wrote for Elevated Careers.
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