Establishing consistency in today’s ever changing workplace is highly challenging, but it certainly has its benefits. Ever-changing work expectations, opposing business decisions and erratic supervision cause instability and doubt whilst consistency helps employees feel secure about their work and responsibilities.
Without a consistent work environment, they’ll always be second-guessing their decisions. Consistency improves productivity, it allows employees to dedicate more of their time to the completion of their actual job duties.
More importantly, consistency builds trust. Steadfast working conditions, clearly defined goals and expected job demands create a work environment that’s unswerving. Co-workers don’t have to walk on egg shells, trying to figure out if they’re meeting expectations.
Consistency builds trust between employees and managers, so they don’t have to micromanage them and in turn this makes them feel secure about their duties. It also creates trust between team members — each member knows what they must contribute to the project, so tasks aren’t overlooked or ignored.
Respect and consistency go hand in hand. According to a Forbes article, when you voice your opinion consistently, you command respect from those who aren’t brave enough to express their own views.
Maintaining consistent values, short- and long-term priorities and communicating strategically helps co-workers be seen as knowledgeable. Respect is generally earned, so they may have to prove that they’re dependable. Once they’ve earned this trust, their consistency will continue to command respect if they manage their responsibilities authentically.
Consistency also breeds credibility. According to ’All Things Workplace’, the reputation of a manager is built on the policies they enforce, actions they reward and quests they fund. Employees take notice when their boss values hard work, praises work accomplishments and supports healthy office etiquette.
Managers need to set the tone for their staff that report to them. They should be asking themselves these questions: Can my employees count on me? Are my expectations fair and consistent? Do I treat my staff fairly? Their credibility will likely make or break their role as a manager.
Positive workplace decisions stems from balanced and dependable behaviour. The ability to eliminate emotional choices, as opposed to erratic behaviour, can make a difference in a company’s long-term survival. Consistent balanced decisions help employees stand out as reliable and trustworthy workers, irrespective of whether they’re an assistant or a senior manager. Clients depend on them, co-workers need them and managers can’t get work done without then, thus it gives them a reason to trust their workplace decisions.