Recent studies confirm what many of us see at work: those who lead and those who don't have differing perceptions about the importance of trust. That's no surprise, but what might be is how large that perception gap is.
One online survey by StaffBay.com found 87 percent of participants plan to look for a new job in 2014, with over half claiming the reason was because they "didn't trust their boss." Is it important to have a boss you can trust? According to the Forum Leadership Pulse Survey, 91 percent of employees said yes while just 48 percent of bosses did.
That differing perception of what matters at work is a problem. If you're one of the 52 percent of bosses who don't think it matters to be a trusted leader, ask yourself this: Am I getting the results I want? If not, look again.
How many of these 10 behaviors do you find in your culture?
If you find any of these behaviors a regular part of the culture where you work, it's a good bet trust is lacking. And when it is, great results seldom happen. Trust enables engagement, innovation and exceptional work. Without it, what you find are behaviors like the ones above.
As novelist Roberson Davies wrote, "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. " For many who lead, it's time our minds start comprehending that there's a growing gap between what see in the work environment and what those we lead see and want.
More about how to operate with and build trust at work:
You'll find more trust building approaches in Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation (Career Press, 2014).