Trust is better than control

The idea that employees only work as much as they have to is still haunting the minds of many managers. But what could be the reason?

Lenin’s statement “Trust is good, control is better” has been burnt into many minds for years. The need to stay in control of everything in everyday professional life is still there. The origin of this idea is to a large extent the pressure to perform. As good as possible no mistakes should be made and the admission of having made a mistake becomes more and more difficult. A vicious circle, from which one can escape only with difficulty again without confidence in its coworkers and colleagues.
But how do you manage to show trust and deal with your fears?

Here you will find a small checklist, which will certainly help to create a trusting working relationship:

1. Open communication

Talking openly about wishes and suggestions helps the most. Nothing creates more trust than open communication.

2. End control constraint

If you give an employee or colleague the feeling that he or she is being controlled in his or her activities, you assume him or her hierarchically. In addition, this behavior arouses distrust. It is best to let your fellow men make their own experiences and mistakes and forgive them. Of course, you should still make sure that there is no serious damage.

3. Free time management

Unfortunately, there are still far too few companies today that enable a work-life balance. But it simply turned out that there is a much greater willingness to perform if you can integrate your own work into your life and not the other way around. Family fathers who, for example, manage to pick up their children from school are much more willing to go to a business appointment in the evening than those who always feel time pressure to see their children again before going to bed.

4. Be a role model

Making mistakes is not a crime, because we learn from them. Those who adhere to this idea and live it out in their working and private lives are always perceived more as persons of trust than if they obviously made no mistake, however small. Because that would not be human.