Who do you trust?
What does it really mean to trust and does trust have any place at work? I was involved in a discussion on this topic this morning and I have to say, sat unusually quiet through most of the conversation.
On one side was the premise that the last 18 month has seen employees trust in their organisations decline and that organisations need to work at ways in building that trust back up. On the other was a view that there are certain things in business that can’t be disclosed, that being open and honest is impossible and people should be grown up enough to accept that.
I’m not entirely sure I agree with either.
I think trust is an intimate emotion. Trust is when you expose yourself to someone at your most vulnerable and believe, hope that they will not abuse you (well unless you want them to that is…..!). Trust means you allow someone to do anything to you with the understanding that they will do no harm. Trust has a blind quality. Trust suggest a an imbalance of power.
I’m not sure any of those elements fit within a workplace. Instead I believe in a healthy scepticism
I’m sure there are some organisations out there that are truly happy clappy, where every decision is taken in the best interests of the employees and the business and every day ends with back slapping and mutual masturbation. Most aren’t like that.
Let’s face it employers need employees and employees need employers. There is mutual benefit to be achieved. It is a marriage of convenience. And as long as neither party is pushing the boundaries too far, we all rub along together nicely (no pun intended).
It’s not about treating people like children, but nor is it about pretending that we are all one big happy family. It’s about accepting that there is a need for reciprocity.
Personally I neither want to trust or distrust. Neutral suits me fine.