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UK – Employees not bothered about work, CIPD warns

24 July 2012

The CIPD has warned that corporate scandals are eroding trust in senior leaders and will have a damaging impact on employee engagement as the quarterly Employee Outlook survey reveals employees are simply not bothered about their work.

Only 36% of workers trust their senior leaders and more than half (58%) of workers show signs of having adopted a 'not bothered' attitude to their work, the CIPD warned. The survey revealed that around a quarter of employees are consulted by senior managers about key issues affecting business. It concluded that employees who trust their senior managers are more likely to express satisfaction with their wellbeing and are less likely to report being under stress.

“Given the number of examples reported in the media in recent months of unethical behaviours and corrosive cultures overseen by senior leaders, it is perhaps unsurprising to see trust in the workplace eroding,” said Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD.

“Organisations need to pay close attention to the impact the behaviours of senior leaders is having on the rest of the workforce and consider how they can improve corporate culture from the top down. The HR profession is uniquely positioned to help organisations properly understand existing cultures and behaviours, to re-examine and re-define corporate values.”

He said employees also need to believe their views are respected and have a voice in the organisation. “Building trust in senior leaders and employee engagement requires a shift away from traditional command and control styles of leadership,” Mr Cheese argued.

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