People are a manufacturing business’s greatest asset. They are also the only asset that appreciates in value in direct proportion to investment. We can purchase most anything our businesses need, provided we have the financial resources. Anything except trust.

A positive corporate culture requires trust at its core, and trust must be earned. In a corporate environment, leaders must demonstrate they trust the workforce before the workforce will consider trusting the leadership.

To establish trust, leadership should”

  1. Communicate physically, verbally and most of all, constantly.
  2. Be kind to everyone all the time.
  3. Recognize greatness where it occurs.
  4. Be humble. 
  5. Stop being punitive.
  6. Start recognizing acts of teamwork and collaboration that create synergy.

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Source: Industry Week