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Partner Workshop: The role of trust

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
08:30 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

08:30 for 09:00, light breakfast will be provided, 11:00 event ends.

This partner event will look at the role of trust in maintaining the employment relationship and mediating between HR practices and performance. How helpful are current definitions of trust and how can these be used to assist in the transition towards becoming a high trust organisation?

Although limited, the evidence base confirms the positive impact of higher levels of trust in organisations. The event will present evidence as explored in our second paper from the Future of HR programme before going on to stimulate a lively discussion around trust as a mediating factor, and also how the breakdown of trust following deal violation impacts on employee attitudes and behaviours.

This event will ask some of the following questions:

  • What is the role of trust as a mediating factor between HR practices and performance?
  • How helpful are definitions of trust in understanding how to move to a high trust organisation?
  • How can we conceptualise and measure trust in a way that is helpful to understanding its role in a healthy employment relationship?
  • What are the implications for reciprocity and mutuality as a key concept within the employment relationship if they are not underpinned by trust?
  • To what extent is trust undermined or supported by the use of techniques such as employer branding?


  • Marianne Huggett, Programme Lead – Future of HR, The Work Foundation
  • Jennifer Parkin, Consultant – Future of HR, The Work Foundation
  • Alex Albert, Researcher/Junior Consultant - Future of HR, The Work Foundation
  • More speakers to be announced...

Who should attend?
Those with a strategic remit for people management

Why should people attend? 

 This is an opportunity for partner organisations to engage in a lively debate around trust, learn from other organisations, benchmark their own practices and ideas against what others are doing, and gain insights into our programmes of work.

This event is exclusively for partners of The Work Foundation and there is no fee to attend.

To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number. If you have any questions about your partnership, please call 020 7976 3512.


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