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UK business leaders lack trust in their employees when it comes to hybrid work 

UK business leaders lack trust in their employees when it comes to hybrid work 

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New research from Citrix has revealed low levels of trust among UK business leaders when it comes to their employees working remotely and from home.  

The  Citrix Work Rebalanced report is based on a global survey of 900 business leaders and 1,800 knowledge workers. It assessed how organisations are adapting to new employee expectations of work and how business leaders can ensure that they are doing enough to attract, retain and engage their people. The research found that when implemented properly, hybrid work can lead to a more productive, healthy workforce. 

Leaders lack trust 

The past two years have highlighted the importance of empathetic, human-centred leadership. Business leaders have been forced to trust employees even when they can’t see them and employees have needed to trust their leaders to treat them fairly and sympathetically, as they navigate difficult situations such as home-schooling and sickness. 

However, despite 67% of business leaders across multiple countries saying their organisation trusts its employees and 76% of employees feeling trusted by their employer, half of business leaders believe that when employees are ‘out of sight’ of colleagues and management they do not work as hard, with this figure rising to 62% of UK business leaders. In fact, almost half (48%) of business leaders say that they have installed monitoring software on their employees’ computers to check when they are working and what they are doing, and 32% say that they are considering doing so. This is because 36% of employers feel employees work harder if they are being monitored.   

The research also found eight in 10 employees globally feel it is very important they can trust their employer to be transparent and honest with them, as well as treat them fairly and with respect. Over half (57%) of hybrid workers also flagged they trust their employer compared to 41% of office workers and 42% of remote workers. 

“Leaders that trust their employees when it comes to hybrid work will undoubtedly see long-term advantages to the culture and productivity of their workplace,” said Mark Sweeney, Regional Vice President UK and Ireland, Citrix. “Technologies such as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) have given all companies the option to create a hybrid format that allows employees to work from where they are most productive, and decision-makers need to realise that quite often that isn’t an office-based setting.”  

“Workers that feel trusted by their managers also feel valued by their employers on the whole. Doubts and hesitancy from leaders shouldn’t creep in if organisations implement hybrid working scenarios in the right way,” Sweeney added. “It’s high time we embrace a new, flexible world of work focused on outcomes and productivity, rather than presenteeism.”  

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