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Trust in the UK is on the up

Employee engagement is on the rise in the UK, with improvements in the level of trust from five years ago, according to a major survey of multinational employers.

The Great Place to Work Institute analysed employee engagement in 49 countries since 2009 and found that trust has risen or stayed the same in all but five of them.

The UK enjoyed an increase of six points, placing it joint eighth on the table, ahead of France, Germany and the US.

Around half of the world's 25 top workplaces are based or have offices in the UK, the report revealed.

The results are in stark contrast to a global Gallup survey last year, which said that only 13 per cent of employees were engaged.

The report put the improvements down to a 'increased transparency into organisations, and mounting evidence that high-trust cultures lead to better business results'.


Acas publications and services

The Acas Employment Relations Comment paper pdf icon Placing Trust in Employee Engagement [120kb] discusses the issue in depth and puts forward simple practical steps that organisations can take to build trust, without making radical policy changes.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and help you develop ways to improve employee engagement, and build trust. Contact the Acas customer services team on 0300 123 1150 for more information.

Practical training to develop Skills for supervisors and courses listed under Staff retention will help your people improve trust and boost employment relations in your workplace.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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