What happened to trust in the workplace?

Endaba Group

Today it seems everywhere we look there is a lack of trust; authority figures in general have come under significant suspicion; government spying; companies sharing data with third parties; weary of banks; terms of business and contracts are only becoming longer with more legalese. ToleroSolutions found that 45% of employees say lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue impacting work performance. Over the years, trust between companies and within companies seems to be at an all-time low. Trust has never been more vital to a business than it is today; business as usual is uncertainty. Trust shouldn’t be a hard quality to come by in the workplace.

How can companies foster trust among their employees and how can an increase in employee trust in leadership increase performance?

Endaba has put together 4 of the best books on trust, how to harness, create and build upon trust:

  1. ‘Speed of Trust’, Stephen M. R. Covey

‘The Speed of Trust’ offers an unprecedented and practical look at exactly how trust functions in every relationship – from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction – and how to establish trust immediately. Covey breaks down trust into identifiable components which are easy to then work through as a leader.

  1. ‘Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World’, Greg Link, Rebecca R. Merrill, Stephen R. Covey

Learn why trusted people are more likely to get hired or promoted, get the best projects and bigger budgets, and are last to be laid off. This book will forever shift your perspective as it reveals and validates the transformational power of trust. Reading Smart Trust will increase your probability of thriving in this increasingly unpredictable marketplace. The ability to trust in this low-trust world will give you a tremendous competitive advantage and the capacity to navigate the uncertainty low trust creates.”

  1. ‘Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace: Seven Steps to Renew Confidence, Commitment, and Energy Paperback’, Dennis S Reina, Michelle L Reina

Small but hurtful situations accumulate over time into the confidence-busting, commitment-breaking, energy-draining patterns consistent with broken trust. This book offers a proven 7-step process to heal pain and rebuild trust. This compassionate, practical approach will help you reframe the experience, take responsibility, forgive, let go and move on.

  1. ‘Trust & Betrayal in the Workplace: Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization’, Dennis S. Reina

In today’s competitive global economy, organizations sometimes must make difficult, even distressing changes. For them to be successful, trust is vital. After all, business is conducted via relationships, and trust is the foundation to effective relationships. This book is about trust; the power when it exists, the problems when it doesn’t, the pain when it is betrayed, and how to restore it.