I’ve seen numerous posts related to layoffs on social media. I’m not sure if it’s the circumstances we’re living in, the time of year, or just a coincidence.

No matter how sound the decision behind laying people off, you can always count on trust taking a hit. It varies from person to person based on their story, but trust will drop immediately.

Many times, I’ve seen managers try to fix the trust problem by trying to make people happy. They’ll run fun events, social functions, or give them some training. However, none of these things will work as people will see through them and, if anything, become increasingly skeptical.

The only way to rebuild trust is to start back at the beginning and earn their trust. Revisit why the team is there, talk about their motivations, and reconstruct your working agreements. Without any of these things, you’re unlikely to recover from the experience of laying off people.

You’ve got this.

p.s. If you want to learn more about building trust in your team, check out my seven-part series on building great teams.

Building Great Teams

Building Great Teams

When you subscribe to this series, you will receive valuable information and insights from Mike about what it takes to build great teams. You are free to unsubscribe anytime!

You have Successfully Subscribed!


How-to Guide for

Having an Impact

I want to help you improve the world around you in some small way every day. Enter your name and email address, and I'll send you my how-to guide so you can have a positive impact every day.


Subscribe to lists

The how-to guide to having an impact is on its way!

Share This