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Trust in the Workplace

Student Scarlett Barham
Lynne Waters
Faculty Mentor(s) Mr. Paul Ewell
Department Management, Business and Economics

Abstract

The objective of this research paper is to explore trust and how it relates to managers and employees in the workplace. The hypothesis formulated on this topic states that a lack of trust in managers will have considerable negative effects on a company. This study will explore the stated hypothesis by giving a general background on the overall importance of trust in the workplace, why it is important for employees to trust managers, and why it is important for managers to trust employees. In an effort to provide comparison evidence to better prove the hypothesis, the effects of trust being present between managers and employees are first examined. The investigation then continues with research regarding the effects of a lack of trust between managers and employees in the workplace. Upon finding substantial evidence concerning both the effects of having trust and the effects of a lack of trust, the hypothesis was supported, in that a lack of trust impacts a company in a negative manner. It was also determined that the effects of a lack of trust between managers and employees had a greater and more significant impact on a company than the effects of trust being present between managers and employees. The paper will also explore the managerial implications of these effects and how these implications relate to companies and organizations.

 

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