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In this episode of the Engineering Our Future podcast, Luis Duque and Nicolai Oliden discuss the importance of building trust between managers and employees. They share their insights on creating a more trusting workplace environment, and they offer tips for employees and managers alike.

Lessons Learned:

  • Communication is key. Employees and managers need to communicate openly and honestly with each other. This includes sharing information about work, goals, and concerns. For example, managers should regularly check in with their employees to see how they are doing and to get their feedback. Employees should also feel comfortable contacting their managers with questions, concerns, or ideas.

  • Be respectful. Employees and managers should treat each other with respect. This means listening to each other's ideas and opinions and being willing to compromise. For example, managers should be open to hearing different perspectives and should be willing to change their minds if presented with new information. Employees should also be respectful of their managers' time and authority.

  • Be supportive. Employees and managers should support each other's efforts. This means providing encouragement, feedback, and help when needed. For example, managers should provide employees with the resources they need to succeed. Employees should also be willing to help out their colleagues when needed.

  • Be willing to learn. Employees and managers should be willing to learn from each other. This means being open to new ideas and perspectives and being willing to change. For example, managers should be open to learning new things from their employees. Employees should also be willing to learn new things from their managers.

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Action Items:

  • Start by communicating openly and honestly with your manager or employee. Share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns, and be willing to listen to theirs. For example, you could start by setting up a regular one-on-one meeting with your manager or employee. During these meetings, you can discuss your work, goals, and any concerns.

  • Treat each other with respect. Listen to each other's ideas and opinions, and be willing to compromise. For example, if you disagree with your manager or employee, try to understand their perspective and see if a compromise can be reached.

  • Support each other's efforts. Provide encouragement, feedback, and help when needed. For example, if your manager is working on a project that is important to you, offer to help out in any way you can. If your employee struggles with a task, offer them encouragement and support.

  • Be willing to learn from each other. Be open to new ideas and perspectives, and be willing to change. For example, if your manager has a new idea for a project, be open to hearing it and considering it. If your employee has a new way of doing something, be willing to try it.

I hope you found this episode helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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