21Employment Relations and Trust

Kim Mather

Introduction

The concept of trust in employment relations is underpinned by a persistent concern with the ‘problem’ of low productivity that besets the UK economy (ACAS, 2015). One ‘solution’ is argued to rest on high-performance, high-trust workplace relations that realize employees’ full potential (CIPD, 2013). There are some insightful and useful contributions about both the nature of, and the potential impact of high performance work (HPW) regimes with regard to trust as debated by Searle earlier in this text. At the same time, the UK labour market is characterized by low-autonomy work and increased reliance on ‘flexible’, zero-hours contracts and other casualized forms of employment (Rubery, 2015; ...

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