Were you a trusted colleague in 2014? Will you be this year? 8 questions to self-assess your trustworthiness

January 30, 2015

Great organizations cite trust as a core value. Successful organizations know that the best outcomes are achieved when people work together, when employees are engaged and there is a supporting culture of trust.
Several studies show that trust benefits organizations, and positively affects organizational performance. ‘Fortune magazine’s 100 best companies to work for’ – in which trust comprises 60% of the criteria – ‘earned more than four times the returns of the broader market over the previous seven years.’

Building a culture of trust starts with you. Before we fully launch into 2015, ask yourself, what did you do in 2014 to strengthen trust with your colleagues? What did you do that would undermine trust? Take time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to your goals for 2015.

Here are 8 questions that will assist you in assessing your trustworthiness.

  • Do you listen with respect, patience and genuine interest when conversing with your colleagues?
  • Does your body language always communicate patience, or does it sometimes convey boredom or impatience?
  • Do you keep confidences your colleagues have shared with you?
  • Are you consistently on time for meetings?
  • Do you respond to calls, emails and requests in a timely manner?
  • Do you do what you say you are going to do?, Or do you over-promise and under-deliver?
  • Do you demonstrate empathy and compassion for colleague’s concerns?
  • Do you share all relevant work place information with your colleagues?

If you are interested in obtaining a tool to assess your trustworthiness in your workplace, email NOldfield@SuccessThroughTrust.com.

Russell Investment Report, 2005