Trust-building meeting template 

Developing trusting relationships is a cornerstone of effective management. When trust is high, performance and engagement are high too. As a manager, you need to build this trust with each employee from the start and continue to nurture it over time. Focusing on trust becomes even more crucial during periods of organizational change or rapid growth.

The key to mastering trust is to create an open line of communication. And one-on-ones are a great way to do it! Each employee can talk to you honestly about their needs, concerns, and goals in every conversation. It's a time for you to listen and connect with them on a personal level. It's also a good moment to practice transparency and accountability. That way, they'll see that you trust them back. 

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The impact of trust in a team

Trust is the fuel for engagement, performance, and strong relationships. Here are some examples of changes you might notice when trust is high:

  • Team members are more adaptable to change.
  • Burnout doesn’t happen often and you can tell there are lower levels of stress.
  • People feel more at ease bringing up difficult topics and are eager to find solutions.
  • People share their ideas and bring their creativity and innovation to the team.

When you should use these trust-building questions

How do you know if an employee trusts you? Ask the right questions to find out! We created a template with questions that target trust issues. During your one-on-one, these prompts will help you get the right insights and spot any trust-related issues.

Use this template when you notice things like:

  • Your employee isn't communicatinging any concerns with you in times of change. 
  • Your team member isn't acknowledging challenges or doesn't ask for your support. 
  • Your employee isn't voicing their ideas. 
  • Your team member isn't sharing feedback with you or any recent challenges they might be facing. 
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