I recently recruited a new VP Sales & Marketing, EMEA for a $2.5 billion US client. Relevant to this article about the lack of trust employees have for their leaders was the process the successful candidate wanted to go through to satisfy himself that he was joining the right business.
The products, customers etc... were of no interest to him nor was historical success or short-term objectives. What was vitally important was access to the leadership team, understanding their vision, values and if they truly empowered their teams to achieve success. He wanted to see the whites of their eyes to establish if he trusted them and indeed felt motivated and engaged to work for them.
I have partnered this client for over 11 years and I am proud to say their employer branding activities welcome this approach with open arms. They are a very transparent organisation all the way to the CEO and definitely on a personal level.
One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace. Among the other notable findings, trust decreases down an organization’s hierarchy: 64% of executives, 51% of managers, and 48% of rank and file staff say they trust their organizations, and employees say they trust peers more than CEOs when it comes to company information. Right now, many workers have their choice of jobs that boast high earnings and a range of career opportunities. To stay competitive in the war for talent, most employers are offering a full complement of benefits and perks as well as beefing up their efforts to engage workers through inclusion initiatives.