Survey: Trust Among Co-Workers Strong

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — Aug. 1

Nearly three-quarters of employees report that they very much trust their work colleagues, according to a new survey by career transition and talent development consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison. Only one in ten reported that they don’t trust their co-workers.

Lee Hecht Harrison surveyed 475 individuals throughout the U.S. in June 2012 via an online poll and asked, “How strongly do you trust your work colleagues?”

The results were as follows:

Very much: 34 percent
Moderately: 38 percent
Slightly: 17 percent
Not at all: 11 percent

Said J.C. Heinen, senior vice president and leadership development global practice leader for the firm: “These results tell an interesting story. We know that leadership trust has been eroding. Leaders have a lot to overcome after years of layoffs, pay cuts and unethical behavior. Meanwhile, co-workers continue to forge common bonds and build trusting relationships. While much attention is given to the supervisor-subordinate relationship, the issue of trust among co-workers is often overlooked. However, it is critical to individual and organizational performance.”

Source: Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH)