Just half of UK employees feel trusted at work

Despite trust in the workplace being fundamental to employee engagement, research conducted found across Europe just 46% of employees in Europe feel they are ‘often’ or ‘always’ trusted by their employer.

In its survey of 1,700 full-time employees in five countries, the UK had the highest levels of employee trust at 50%, followed by The Netherlands and Sweden at 48%, Germany at 39% and France at 36%.

Employees said contributing to organisational goals and being invited by colleagues to make decisions were the most critical features of being trusted.

The data should set alarm bells ringing, it should be concerning to leaders that over half of employees do not feel a sense of trust at work, particularly when we found that this motivates employees to do their best work.

Trust needs to be shown in action, and we hope this data helps corporate leaders in Europe lead inclusively and promote trust as part of their organizational cultures. Across Europe, 43% of women said they experienced trust at their organisation compared with 49% of men.

As a manager do you need to see your employees in order to ensure you know they are doing their job? If you need to see them, as a manager you don’t trust your employees and they, in turn, won’t trust their manager.

Employers need to communicate clearly and consistently across the organisation and ask for regular feedback from employees on what’s working well and what can be improved. Employees like to work for organisations with integrity and they like to feel listened to, so managers need to make themselves available for these conversations.

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