24 July 2012 10:10
More than half of employees don't trust their bosses, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 adults by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that only a third trusted their senior managers, and fewer than one in four were consulted by their bosses about issues affecting their business.
Only two fifths were satisfied that they had a decent opportunity to feed ideas and views to senior managers, and 58% displayed signs of a "not bothered" attitude to work, said the report.
Peter Cheese, chief executive at the CIPD, said: "Given the number of examples reported in the media in recent months of unethical behaviours and corrosive cultures overseen by senior leaders, it is perhaps unsurprising to see trust in the workplace eroding.
"What's worrying is the impact this will have on engagement. We know that strong employee engagement drives higher productivity and better business outcomes, so such a prominent display of neutral engagement in the workplace should act as a real wake-up call for employers.
"Now more than ever, organisations need to pay close attention to the impact the behaviours of senior leaders is having on the rest of the workforce and consider how they can improve corporate culture from the top down.
"Employees also need to believe their views are respected and that they have a voice in the organisation, otherwise there is a risk that when things go wrong, no one tells the executive team until it is too late."