It stands to reason that the people you are going to spend a good half of your life with should be trustworthy.  But, like with any relationship, trust is earned and not a given.

Trust in the workplace is not the same as the trust between life partners, spouses, parents and children and friends.  The trust that is cultivated and grown in an office situation is on a totally different level entirely.  No one expects you to lay down your life for another, or donate a kidney to a colleague, but you need to know that you can trust your co-worker with the shared work. Will they deliver so that you are not put in a difficult position? Will they stand up for you when a client gets snotty?  Can you trust them to do their part in a joint project?

Why is trust important in the workplace?

All successful businesses have a deep-seated root in trust between their walls.  Trust increases productivity, boosts morale amongst peers and superiors, gets jobs done effectively and on time, and reduces the time to make important decisions.

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What does trust involve in the workplace?

RESPECT

First and foremost, it begins with a deep understanding of what respect is.  If you cannot respect others in the office or show that you deserve the return treatment, then you’re already on the back step.  Essentially, treat them as you would want to be treated.

SUPPORT

We are not islands and at some point, in your work life, you will require assistance, as will others.  Being there for your colleagues when they need it the most is vital to building trust.  We understand that you cannot do their job or be there at the drop of a hat, but if you are seen to be making an effort in support, it will go a long way.

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LISTEN – TALK LESS

Those few that take the stance to rather listen than blab their mouth off, do better than others – it is a proven fact.  Listen actively to what others have to say and only add your two-pence worth when you know it will add value. There is a time to speak and there is a time to listen.

UNDERSTAND CULTURE

This goes back to respect again.  The company has a certain culture and generally, you were employed because you fitted in with the culture.  Similarly, everyone has a specific culture they adhere to personally.  Whether that be a racial or religious aspect, or simply how they choose to live their lives, respect whatever that may be.  There are ways to work together even when you have completely different sets of beliefs.

At Office and Co., we believe in a trusting culture, and love to see how office neighbours get on.  It all starts within their own four walls and disperses itself out into the big, bright beautiful world around us.

What next?  Get in touch and explore investing in great office space today!   Office and Co. are looking forward to welcoming you to our trustful world – we have an office space solution for you!