Too many times I’ve seen units in companies and organizations fall apart due to lack of trust. This can go two ways – lack of trust in employees or lack of trust in employer. When employers do not trust employees and erect multi-layer processes and micro-manage, employees become disgruntled. They may decide to perform their jobs less well or start taking more time off. This creates a negative atmosphere.

The other issue is when employees do not trust their employer. This can happen as a result of employers not trusting in them as discussed above, or because the employer has done something to cause a lack of confidence in its employees. Both situations should be avoided or rectified. At that point, it can be too late to start doing off-sites or other team building activities. Trust is a huge part of maintaining a positive work environment and should be fostered by management and employees alike.

What other factors contribute to a positive workplace?