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A lack of trust between employees and employers can have disastrous effects for a company. Employees are more likely to feel apathetic about their jobs and feel less incentive to work harder and contribute to the success of a company. Earning the trust of your employees is one of the most important parts of your job and is an integral part of being a great leader. It’s incredibly difficult to motivate your employees and maintain their respect without trust.

Here are 5 ways that can help you gain trust as an employer.

1.    Interact with your employees often
One of the biggest reasons that employees don’t develop trust is that they don’t have a chance to! If managers work in a closed office or at a different site, they can come across as aloof and inaccessible. This type of relationship does not foster good feelings and trust amongst employees. Even if you are busy, make it a point to communicate with your employees and be approachable.

2.     Ask for feedback
One great way to communicate with your employees is to ask them for feedback. This will show your employees that you value their opinions and want them to be happy and to feel heard at work. Schedule a time with each employee to sit and listen to their opinions and suggestions.

3.     Be consistent
Consistency is necessary in a work relationship just as it is in any relationship. Employees want to know that you will follow through on what you say and also that they can expect certain things from you. If you are seen as someone who is unpredictable or inconsistent, it will create suspicion amongst your employees.

4.     Be polite
Management styles can vary greatly and some people believe that playing the “bad cop” routine commands respect and trust from employees. This just isn’t the case. Employees who are treated politely and respectfully are much more likely to trust their managers and to work more productively.

5.     Get to know them as people
If you have a relationship with your employees that consist of more than just asking for reports or discussing business, they will be more likely to trust you. Remember their interests and their family members and tell them about yours. You don’t have to get too personal but letting them know you’re interested in them as people both in and out of the office will make them feel more comfortable with you.

It can be easy to forget that trust is earned, rather than given, but by using these tips you may be on your way to earning a reputation as a trustworthy leader.