The Big Picture

Recent employee engagement surveys of employee engagement, trust and confidence highlight discouraging numbers across all cohorts, but especially with 32 to 47 year olds. Here are three ways to build trust with all your employees:

Create followership: “There’s nothing like a passionate entrepreneur to galvanize the workforce,” says John Wright, president of the Canadian Management Centre. Tell the story about when, why and how the company started to remind employees why they wanted to work for you in the first place.

Be transparent: “If you want employees to be invested in making your company a success, you’ve got to share information with them about the organization and your financial results.” Wright says once you’ve build up their trust, employees will stick with you, even through hard times.

Share the big picture: Whether you have five or 5,000 employees, it’s important that everyone understands the company’s goals and how their individual contribution connects to what the business is trying to achieve.

Read: Gen-X Employees Most Disengaged

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