How to Build Trust at Work: Bad Habits to Avoid

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At FriendsOffice, it is important that we can “Build Trust” inside our company and through our community. Trust can be fragile in the way that once trust is broken, it is hard to repair. Maintaining trust in a workspace can truly make or break the structure of a business.

Bad Habits that Cause Distrust at Work

Bad work habits can not only hurt moral, but can strongly effect trust amongst peers. Micromanaging team members can be detrimental to the confidence levels. Self-assessing good and bad habits at work is the easiest way to avoid something as simple as micromanaging. Some people have no idea that they do it and how it can make others feel. Trusting in others to do their jobs right means letting go and accepting different outcomes.

Talking over others can be one of the most hurting things to do in a conversation. It makes others feel less important and less trusted. Mainly while working in a team, it is critical to self-identify this habit and work towards stopping it. Allowing someone in a team to feel less valued than others can create a hard breakdown of productivity and camaraderie for all.

Demonstrating that you practice good work habits to the best of your ability establishes trust among team members in a relaxed way.

Tips and Tricks to Build Trust Daily

  • Be Responsible:   Accountability is essential when working with others. If someone seems unreliable, it can tear down the trust of the entire group and even reflect poorly on the business as a whole.
  • Freedom to Work:   Having the freedom to work and accomplish goals without restriction can make a world of difference in how the work gets done. It also creates a sense of confidence in the group. If no one is being micromanaged, they can assume that they are trusted to complete their task without fail.
  • Listen and Hear:   Listening is important in building confidence, but actually hearing what is being said is invaluable. Not hearing those around you can damage confidence in others and ultimately cause distrust. Who wants to trust someone that doesn’t care enough to hear them out now and then?
  • Be Respectful:   This tip is a given. Respect should be universal and a number one rule for all work places. Feeling respected boosts moral and enjoyability at work.
  • Know the Expectations:   Have clear knowledge of the tasks and responsibilities of everyone. Knowing the expectations set for each person allows clear direction and a hierarchy of priorities. If everyone is responsible about doing their part, trust comes naturally.
  • Clear Communication:   Communicating with different types of people can be stressful, so it isn’t a surprise that working together can be difficult.


Building trust at work is essential in having a successful business, but this can old happen when everyone is feeling their strongest. For more information like this, click the link to visit How to Stay Strong at Work: Mental Health.

This post was strongly inspired by the Trending article, “Workplace Trust: Why Trust Is Important In The Workplace.”

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