How many of you are able to unplug from technology? When you went on your last holiday, how many times did you check your emails and see if there were any problems at work you needed to answer?
It’s not a coincidence that many of the vacations my husband and I go on involve unplugging from technology. I have to trust that, if a client can’t get hold of me for a week, they will call back. When my husband Ric leaves on a vacation, he encourages his staff to step up and handle problems that develop, knowing they have his complete support. White water rafting and camping in the big outdoors means there are no electric outlets to plug in computers and usually no wifi signal to contact the outside world.
I also wonder if you recognize that unplugging and stepping away from your office, and letting others handle the problems that may arise, is a sign of your trust in them. It involves taking a chance and a leap of faith, and with that comes a level of risk. Things may be done differently than you would do them and, yes, there may even be a few things that aren't done at all. If you are going to develop your team and your business, you have to be able to trust and, by unplugging and allowing them to make decisions and take action, you show that you do.
This risk-taking is at the center of building trust. If we want to strengthen trust, we need to use it – and that means giving people opportunities to go a little further than they did yesterday.
Who was the person in your life that believed and trusted in you? How did their trust in you help shape the person you are today? Could you do that for one of your staff?
If you want to develop a trusted workplace, understand the strengths of your staff and ask yourself, “What do I need to do to help them work to their full potential and ability?” It starts with taking a trust vacation – stepping just far enough away from a responsibility so others can pick up the slack.
Are you going to choose to trust someone today?