The vast majority (88%) trusts their colleagues to be truthful in meetings, report accurate data, and to maintain confidential information, with 50% reporting that they trust them very much.
However only 64% of the poll would trust their coworkers to provide reliable career advice and just 57% believed that their colleagues would keep personal or professional information confidential.
Interestingly, married respondents were found to be more trusting of their co- workers than their more suspicious single counterparts
- with 56% of married respondents trusting their co-workers very much at work, and
- some 45% trusting colleagues outside of work,
- compared with only 38% of single respondents trusting their co-workers very much at work, and
- 29% trusting them outside of work.
Findings also show that employees would trust their co-workers:
- with reporting accurate data on projects, cited by 79%,
- collaborating and sharing relevant information, mentioned by three quarters of respondents,
- sharing the work load on specific projects, noted by 75% of the poll, and
- being truthful in meetings, cited by 73%.
The survey also found older workers to be more trusting than their younger counterparts with work related activities, and full-time workers were more likely to trust colleagues than part-timers.
Participants were also asked to if they would trust their colleagues on a range of matters, results showed:
- almost 90% trust their co workers recommendations on car repair shops, good plumbers, and the like,
- almost three quarters value their opinions on movies, restaurants and politics,
- just over 60% would trust their colleagues with family activities such as baby-sitting and carpooling, and
- a little over half would trust them enough to sell or buy items from them.
In addition, over 80% trust their colleagues on matters unrelated to work, such as baby-sitting, carpooling or for referrals, and 40% report trusting their colleagues very much with these concerns.
The Xylo Report, commissioned by Xylo, Inc., a provider of online work/life solutions, surveyed 1,003 US adults.