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How to Gain Trust in a New Workplace

Once people get new jobs, they’re pretty much excited about the kind of people and experiences they’re likely to encounter along the way. However, to ensure smooth running of personal affairs in a new workplace, one must gain as much trust as possible. But that won’t be easy because not everyone will like you. Plus, different personalities and vested interests will definitely determine the amount of trust you gain with every individual. That being said, a serious challenge presents itself...

How does one gain trust in a new workplace?

#1 Acclimatize to the Social Culture of the Workforce

Consider your new workplace as a school playground. Being the new kid on the block, you realize that a social culture does indeed exist. Moreover, you’ll find social groups in the workplace. Study them carefully and find out the group that truly embraces your personality. From then on, you can start to safely expand your social circle beyond familiar grounds. At times, you can even dare to socialize with those that are dreaded at the workplace and with time, you not only gain respect, but you also gain trust with the workforce at large.

#2 Be Useful to those that need Help, Favours and Solutions

Standard protocol might dictate that you ’mind your own business’, but at times, it will call for you to go the extra mile and help those that are stuck with their projects. It’s common knowledge that people usually remember how you make them feel. And on that note, if you keep helping them in terms of favours and solutions, then it’s not rocket science that you will gain people’s trust. It’s just like being the hero that saves people just in time. No wonder we love superman so much...

#3 Deliver on your Official Duties to the Letter

Besides offering favours and solutions, you’ll also want to give your company the reassurance that you’re best suited for the job. Remember, even your superiors need a trustworthy employee that can handle key duties in their absence. So in essence, you’ll have to outdo your superior’s expectations. For instance, if work was expected to be delivered by 5pm, let it be at your superior’s desk by 2pm. You can even go ahead and assign tasks to yourself. With that kind of self-drive, even your fellow workmates admire you, unless they have ulterior motives of course.

#4 Show concern for worker’s welfare and rights

Though we hate to admit it, politics is quite prevalent in addressing worker’s welfare and rights. This is where you can put your diplomatic skills to use. And since you’ll be dealing with two opposing parties, I would recommend a balanced approach. First, listen to the concerns of your fellow workmates. And since you’ve learnt to socialize amicably with your superiors, forward those concerns in a way that won’t spark unnecessary conflict. You can then communicate suggested solutions to your fellow workmates who will decide on what’s best to implement. Otherwise, taking sides will create radical untrustworthiness with either of the two engaging parties.

#5 Be Open Minded, Tolerant and Unbiased in Taking Stance

Ultimately, gaining meaningful trust will call for an open minded and unbiased perspective regarding various issues in the workplace. Because at times, you’ll find workmates suggesting ideas and that challenge your very beliefs and moral fabric. It would therefore be unfortunate on your part to show radical offence to someone that might prove to be your greatest ally in future. This of course doesn’t mean that you betray your beliefs at the expense of pleasing someone. But still, you’ve got to exercise some form of tolerance. Yes, you may not agree with them, but gently and courteously guide them to an understanding of what your moral boundaries are. In fact, you’re likely to be trusted more with sensitive matters having shown your level of composure, tolerance and discretion. In any case, even the most intimate and shocking of secrets are revealed to the most tolerant and open minded of friends.

Trust can be gained in years, yet it can be lost in a flash. Betrayal, back biting, double crossing and other forms of sinister motives can prove to be quite detrimental on your trustworthiness. Even if it’s directed towards your foes, your workplace friends will start getting cold feet towards you. As an anonymous tip once put it, "Trust is like a mirror; you may be able to fix it when it’s broken, but the cracks will still be visible in the reflection."


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