Bosses Can Fix Broken Trust

Friday, March 10, 2006
Posted by Brawlin Melgar and Development Dimensions International survey finds that untrustworthy bosses can use honesty and recognition to improve relationships with employees.

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 10, 2006 -- Based on a recent survey sponsored by Development Dimensions International (
"Bosses who want to build an environment of trust will have to enlist in some repair work,” said Rich Wellins, Senior Vice President, DDI. " But none of these are extraordinary requests. Being honest about their authority and recognizing good work are sound practices for all bosses—not just those who are trying to make amends."

Specifically, when asked what a boss they didn't trust could do to improve their relationship, of the 731 people who completed the survey: 36% said being honest about what they can and cannot do; 34% said recognizing my achievements to both peers and higher-ups; 16% said giving me authority on challenging assignments; and 10% said asking me for ideas and input.

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About DDI: Since 1970, Development Dimensions International, a global human resource consulting firm specializing in leadership and selection, has worked with some of the world's most successful organizations. With more than 1,000 associates in 75 offices in 26 countries around the world and headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., DDI advises businesses of all sizes-including half of the Fortune 500-on the selection, development and retention of their workforces and helping them realize business success. For more information go to

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