IA Releases Its 2011 Trust Survey Findings
Building Trust in Business Survey Results
from Interaction Associates Send Strong Warning to Business Leaders
Challenged to Rebuild Employee Trust
Boston, MA September 6, 2011 —
The results of Interaction Associates 2011 Building Trust in Business survey are out
with a big warning for business leaders navigating a still-difficult
economy: Employee trust in leaders is lagging and has not rebounded in
the year since the 2010 survey.
Building Trust in Business
measures key indicators for the interplay between trust, leadership, and
collaboration — pointing to how high-performing companies achieve key
business results by emphasizing all three. The 2011 survey of more than
150 business leaders is the third year that Interaction
Associates has explored what has been referred to as "the formula for
success" at high performing companies – even in today’s tough economic
"Our Building Trust survey has a key surprise this year around trust," said Andy Atkins, Director of Research and Development at IA. "Even as employees express trust in peers by saying they share and collaborate more easily with colleagues – they remain wary and distrustful of their leaders. Employees want more transparency into decisions and more involvement in the decisions that affect them," added Atkins.
In the 2011 survey, most respondents view their companies as gaining strength financially and solid for continued survival — with survey results indicating that employees see both leadership and collaboration as strong in their organizations.
But the implications for leaders and the critical need to build greater trust is important, as options for high performers to change jobs in a potentially stronger economy increase.
“Our 2011 Building Trust insights should be an eye-opener for leaders focused on getting stronger results in this tough economy," said Linda Stewart, CEO of Interaction Associates. "Employees generally give their leaders low marks for management transparency, managing change, decision-making, listening to employees, and learning from mistakes,” added Stewart.
Key findings include:
In general, leaders are rated positively along several key dimensions in the 2011 survey, including:
A white paper with additional details on the 2011 survey and previous years’ findings is available for download at www.interactionassociates.com/ideas/trust-business-2011.