6 in 10 employees don’t trust what leaders saying: Survey

Transparency, showing vulnerability can help boost trust, confidence
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2012

In the wake of corporate scandals and corruption, scathing public resignations and allegations of unethical behaviour, employee trust and confidence in their leaders is declining, according to a survey.

Six in 10 (61 per cent) Canadian employees don’t trust what their senior leaders say, found a survey of 1,200 workers by the Canadian Management Centre in Toronto.

“These are employees who are talking about their own organizations. This isn’t just an opinion out in the marketplace. And the fact that respondents were across 500 companies and the top 100 brands in Canada and they said they don’t trust what their leaders are saying — that was really, really shocking,” said John Wright, president and managing director of the centre.