There is no denying that trust is a two-way street. But if you are new to an organization, it is likely you will have to put in more effort than those who have been there a while. Of course, how your new coworkers respond will play a role in determining your relationship with them. But when you are fresh to a set-up, it is not a bad idea to take the lead. We know this can be overwhelming, so here are some pointers to help your organization build trust in you at the workplace.
1. Be a Sponge
Show enthusiasm and openness to learn. Ask more questions than you give answers. Doing so will not only help you learn quicker, but also make you more trustworthy to your colleagues. It shows that you are willing to make an effort to understand how things work.
2. Take Your Whole Self to Work
Most people let the idea of “professionalism” completely overshadow their personality. While it is important to know how to conduct yourself at work, it is alright to also let your personality shine through, too. Don’t be afraid to talk about your interests, eccentricities and pet peeves to break the ice with the people around you.
3. Don’t Know Something? Say So
It is normal for doubt to creep in when you are in a new environment. But remember, they hired you because you are worthy of the job. Don’t get bogged by anxiety to prove your worth all the time. In fact, admitting that you don’t know something demonstrates that you are honest.
4. Pay Attention to Detail
In the beginning, everything you do, or don’t do, contributes to your trustworthiness. Be careful with the basics: proof-read your emails, dress appropriately, be mindful of your language, adhere to deadlines, and be punctual. Little things go a long way in establishing your trustworthiness.
For those of you who are interning or starting new jobs this season, actively working towards decoding the dynamics of trust will help you build a solid foundation for your new professional relationships. It may be a slow process – but the rewards are high.
Manisha Koppala is a graduate from Ashoka University. A curriculum editor at Harappa Education, she loves a cup of good coffee—no sugar, no straw, and happens to be a free-hugs dispenser.
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