With the fear of an impending recession, hiring freezes, and mass layoffs, many team leaders are experiencing great stress and uncertainty at work right now. Employees want to know whether their job is secure, what they should be doing, and what the future holds.
In times like this, it may be incredibly difficult for managers to build trust in their teams. What information should one provide, and how much of it should one share? How can you be open about the company's problems without discouraging your employees? How can you establish trust in your team and improve reliability at work.
Here are some 5 simple tips for assisting your team through times of uncertainty:
Be Open and Honest
While you must be careful with the information you offer, it is critical that you be as explicit and honest as possible. Be candid about the reality that no one, including you, can completely predict what lies ahead, but that you do know the company is doing all it can to provide a solid foundation for the future.
Make it apparent that the corporation wants you to share what you know by using phrases like "I shouldn't be telling you this" or "don't discuss this with anybody, but..." In order to avoid instilling secrecy and suspicion, make an explicit effort to emphasize that the information you are delivering is coming straight from leadership.
When an unfortunate event occurs, be sure to accept responsibility as their leader.
As a leader, you must accept responsibility for the welfare of your team, even if it is not your fault directly. As you take responsibility for your good and bad actions, your team will start to trust you.
"Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge." - Simon Sinek
Be Confident and Enthusiastic
Your actions and attitude as a manager may significantly impact your staff. Therefore, it is essential to demonstrate confidence in your leadership skills. While things are unpredictable and no one knows everything, you should emphasize what you do know and how you can best position the team to go ahead efficiently.
Keep a positive attitude and acknowledge your team's efforts at all times. Language such as "we've got this" and "I'm so pleased with all the effort our team has made is an excellent method to foster togetherness and optimism.
Provide Emotional Support
During times of uncertainty, stress and burnout are understandable. Take the time to check in with your team members regularly. Begin your weekly meetings by asking how your staff are doing and if there is anything you can do to help.
Pay close attention to what they are saying and asking so you can follow up later. As a manager, it is critical to consider your employees' viewpoints and to evaluate what you would like to hear if you were in their shoes. If you feel your team members are not comfortable sharing their problems invest in some corporate wellness program so they can take help from
Invest in Your Employees.
Workplaces that foster high levels of trust promote holistic development and employee wellbeing. Talent is developed within the organization through a development attitude, which stresses both professional and personal growth opportunities for managers and direct reports.
Organizations that invest in their employees are more likely to retain talent and improve engagement. This includes employee wellness initiatives, financial well-being programs, and fun wellness activities.
Teams flourish when members trust each other to deliver and match their contributions with quality and excitement. When there is trust at work, everyone always relies on one another to provide consistent efforts and solid outcomes.