April 13, 2016PrevNext Email Share × Share On: As a small business owner, chances are you built your business on your own from the ground up. Youhave a significant personal investment in the company. However, as your business starts expanding andyour clientele grows, it becomes necessary to rely on other people to get the job done and keep yourbusiness running. You need to trust that the people you’ve hired will work diligently, efficiently andgenuinely to deliver an A grade job. Here are ways to gain that intimate respect and trust in youremployees.These actions will help you create that environment full of trust, innovation and creativity for you andyour employees to grow in:1. Let Go of the LeashOften times, small business owners want to be a part of every detail. You may view yourself as beingproactive and helpful. However, this kind of behavior conveys a lack of faith in your employee’s decision–making which in turn causes the employee to doubt their own abilities in getting tasks done. Let youremployees take more initiative, let them think critically, let them solve problems and avoid the urge totell them step by step what to do. You can remain involved in a positive way by posing questions such as“Have you thought about..?” These questions show you value their thoughts and ideas, and that youtrust them to figure out how to get the job done.2. Avoid Listening AutobiographicallyListening autobiographically occurs when you have a predetermined stance, and using this stance tojudge what your employee has said. This shuts down open communication. To avoid doing this, “listento learn”. Follow the effective sales pitch: Inquiry precedes advocacy the equivalent. Just talkless (no interrupting!) and listen more. This will set the precedent for future, healthydialogue between yourself and your employees.3. Share ResponsibilityThis will probably be the hardest but the most necessary action to practice. The old saying goes “If youwant something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” However delegation of responsibility and tasksis essential to building trust and allowing your employees to grow professionally. Giving moreresponsibility to your employees gives them an opportunity to advance in their skills. They will becomeself-motivated if their role in the company continues to grow. No one feels inspired if they feel their dayto day tasks do not affect the company.4. Enable, do not labelPositive feedback always enables a person because it is empowering. Negative feedback only labels aperson. Once an employee has completed a task, acknowledge what was done right while pointing outwhere expectations can better be met next time. And be consistent. When addressing the company, younaturally speak with a positive and reinforcing message. Make sure that same message is clear whenspeaking with an employee one-on one.