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- How to build trust and respect
How to build trust and respect
‘Trust’ and ‘respect’ underpin all good relationships, including the relationships that you build as a researcher. Building trust and respect can take a lot of time and effort but it has far-reaching benefits for you and your colleagues.
The following suggestions are adapted from the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative, 2008. They provide some starting-points for reflection on good practice.
1. Get to know your colleagues
- make time to talk to colleagues about their research and their life outside work
- try to understand what they think and why. Value their viewpoint even if it is different from your own.
2. Complete tasks and projects successfully
- work together on easy tasks first if you can
- be reliable. Always do what you say you are going to do.
3. Communicate openly and honestly
- discuss issues as soon as they arise
- don’t blame others
- try and suggest a solution or remedy if something has gone wrong
- if you don’t have a solution, be willing to ask for help.
4. Include colleagues in decision-making
- if people participate in decision-making they are more likely to support the decision
- keep colleagues informed of progress once decisions have been taken.
5. Make use of your colleagues’ expertise
- recognise your colleagues’ strengths and get them involved in your research where possible. This demonstrates and builds respect.
6. Be altruistic
- recognise what is important to your colleagues
- help them achieve their aims.
7. Meet ‘face to face’
- email and telephone have limitations as you do not have ‘body language’ to help you contextualise the words.
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