Women Trust Bosses Less since Recession

Handshake I know that trust in the workplace is an issue that crops up for many of my professional female clients, particularly when they feel they have been sidelined for opportunities or that they don’t quite believe that their boss has their team’s best interest at heart – but what surprised me was to find out that this has actually gotten worse since the recession with fewer women trusting their bosses than ever before. The effects of the recession on trust seemed to be particularly profound for women. A new report from the Center for Creative Leadership's World Leadership Study found that in the second quarter of 2008 (early in the recession), women's trust in their bosses dipped to its lowest point, dropping from 61 percent who indicated they "trusted their bosses a lot" in the first quarter of 2008 to 42 percent in the second quarter of 2008. While women's trust level dipped nearly 19 points, men's trust level dipped only 6 points (from 58 percent to 52 percent) during that same time. Women may be less trusting of bosses because the recession may be causing them to feel they need to work longer hours to hold on to their jobs, creating a feeling of vulnerability for those wanting a balance between work and personal life.

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