There is no better starting point to nurturing one’s career than establishing a foundation of mutual trust within the workplace. Regardless of your title or level of authority, trusting others and having others trust you in return are the most basic elements of being looked upon as a respected professional. And working in an environment where co-workers can rely upon one another and are confident in each other’s abilities is very rewarding.
But how do you get trust? Trust is built intentionally and involves being a good communicator, remaining committed to integrity, and believing in others. Here are some thoughts on how to earn others’ trust at work:
1. Be trusting – To be trusted, you must first trust others. When you begin a relationship with a co-worker, make the assumption that they are fully capable of doing their work and are appropriately motivated. Trust them until you are proven wrong. If that person disappoints you or makes a mistake, be cautious in drawing conclusions about their level of competency or motivations until you understand more about them.
2. Be forthright – When an issue arises, address it with your co-worker with respect and kindness. Go directly to them without talking behind their back or complaining to others. These candid conversations are not always easy, but it is best not to delay in approaching the issue as resentment or anger can build and cause damage to the relationship. Being forthright in the workplace is a huge step towards earning others’ trust! (Exception: If the situation involves harassment or an ethical or safety violation, go directly to your boss.)
If you’ve been in the job search for a time (it might not have even been that long!), you’re bound to get questions like this. There’s a bad stigma that comes with being unemployed and with that, unfortunately, come several inconsiderate questions. But don’t let them get you down. Here are some smart, shut-down responses to rude questions during your job search.
This is the typical small talk you’re likely to hear from anyone who knows you’re out of work. Instead of asking them to lay off or bringing yourself down by answering, “No,” try, “Yes, I’ve been hard at work writing my resumes and applying to several exciting openings, so I’m confident I’ll get an interview soon.”
If this position may not be your cup of tea, politely let them know. This is a question that may come off as rude to you if you’re sensitive about being unemployed, but they’re really just trying to help and it’s coming from a good place. Tell them what you’re really looking for to help them help you. If nothing else, smile and say, “That sounds great, I’ll have to look into that.”
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