Trust found to be major factor in employee retention

Firms are being urged to promote trust in the workplace after a study revealed the importance of a reliable work environment.

A survey of more than 2,000 employees found that one in four had left their job because of a lack of trust.

Health firm Bupa said its research showed the importance of an open and inclusive workplace culture.

Its report suggested firms should take an interest in the health and wellbeing of staff, praise their work, and allow employees to get on with tasks independently.

Mark Allan, commercial director of Bupa UK Insurance, said: "As we spend the majority of our time in the workplace, it's important we work in an environment with a good business culture.

"Our latest findings pay homage to this - suggesting that good relationships are more likely to boost engagement and influence whether someone stays at a company.

"This latest research highlights the importance of creating a workplace culture that allows people to thrive and also that businesses are recognising the importance of promoting a trustful workplace."

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