Just half of UK employees feel trusted at work

This is anti- bulling week in the UK and despite trust in the workplace being fundamental to employee engagement, recent research has found that just 46% of employees in Europe feel they are ‘often’ or ‘always’ trusted by their employer. In the 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 that contributing to organisational goals and being invited by colleagues to make decisions were the most critical features of being trusted. Interestingly, being micro-managed was the most quoted as being an indicator of a manager not trusting their team.  Increasingly, being micro-managed is being seen in the workplace as a form of bullying and is likely to make an employee feel marginalised in the workplace. The data also found that being trusted motivates employees to do their best work.

Trust needs to be shown in action. As a manager do you have confidence that your team is trusted to do their job? Managers 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.

121 HR Solutions has experience in working with teams to ensure that they are functioning well and that they feel trusted and empowered. If you feel that our team requires support to feel trusted, contact us atenquiries@121hrsolutions.co.uk to learn how we can help!

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