There are many ways to improve productivity in the workplace. You can send your employees on time management and similar productivity courses and introduce all kinds of incentives. But one factor that is often overlooked is the trust employees feel towards the company, their managers and their teams. A study done by the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield and published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization states that there is a direct link between employee trust and workplace performance.
How trust increases productivity
Neuroscience research shows that trust as well as an understanding of the purpose of the work releases brain chemicals (oxytocin) that make jobs seem a lot more fun and less like work. Teams that produced these chemicals in their brains were more productive and innovative than others. The researchers found that companies that had the highest levels of trust had a workforce who were 76% more engaged in their jobs and 50% more productive compared to the lowest. These are staggering numbers.
What can you do to increase employee trust?
- Ensure transparent communication
Open communication with your employees is important to build trust short term and long term. Don’t hide problems and inform them about the true value of their contribution to the success of the company.
- Managers need to keep their promises
Just as we expect employees to deliver on what they said they would do, they have to be able to expect the same from their managers. If managers are repeatedly letting down their employees, they will not be able to develop trust.
- Trust your team to deliver
Having someone constantly check up on you that you’re actually doing what you were tasked to do will undermine trust. Consequently, having trust in your employees to do their jobs independently will improve their trust in the company.
- Remove Big Brother-esque employee tracking
Trust goes both ways on many levels. Constant time tracking and monitoring can undermine employee trust greatly.
- Taking interest in their health and wellbeing
Offering free health checks and ensuring health and safety in the workplace are a top priority and will go a long way to build trust amongst employees. It makes employees feel that they are an important part of the company which in turn will improve productivity.
How Work Well Practice can help
Looking after your staff’s health and wellbeing is an important factor in building employee trust. We can offer a wide variety of ways to improve and strengthen your employees’ mental and physical health.
We start with a workplace audit to pinpoint any issues your employees may face and work together with you through workshops and holistic therapies. To find out more, why not have a look at our How We Can Help page and discover the wide variety of strategies we can offer.