Do you compliment your colleagues for doing good work? If so, how often? And if you’re on a team, do you acknowledge and celebrate each others’ efforts?
We spend the majority of our time at work, but most of the time we treat each other like strangers. Taking into account all the conversations we have in the course of a workday, there are certain undeniable phrases that–if we use them more often with our colleagues–will result in an increase of trust.
Below are 9 phrases you can say more often to build bridges with your coworkers, if your ego doesn’t get in the way.
In toxic workplaces, blame grenades are tossed in every direction. In cultures of accountability, admitting to making mistakes has been found to actually increase trust.
By praising people for certain behavioral traits, you reinforce the cultural norms that make the company a great place to work.
There’s this false notion that people who ask for advice are perceived as less competent. To the contrary, research has linked people who ask for advice to being perceived as more competent.
Trust is a two-way street. When you extend it to your team members, they’ll be more inclined to return the favor and trust you back.
This is another great way of saying thank you to someone for going above and beyond, especially if it made you look good. Saying it publicly in front of peers is especially gratifying–it puts the other person on the pedestal he or she deserves.
This phrase is especially helpful during stressful times, like deadlines or any challenging scenario. It demonstrates action by genuinely having the backs of fellow co-workers.
Letting your colleagues or subordinates know that you value their time is key to communicate that you understand the importance of their efforts.
Empathy is always a winner in terms of fostering good collaboration. By valuing another person’s feelings, you can problem-solve better and build trust faster on the way to a solution.
Verbal praise is a lost art not commonly heard in transactional business settings. But it has been found to be a powerful motivator to foster loyalty and boost commitment to the job or team.
Originally Published on Inc.
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