Rank and File

Workers are a distrusting lot, and a study released this month by Towers Perrin has the numbers to prove it. Based on polling fielded last May, it says a bare majority of staffers (51 percent) believe their company “generally tells the truth in its communications to employees.” One bad sign: Employees with a company for at least five years are less apt to find it truthful than shorter-term staffers (48 percent vs. 59 percent). Forty-eight percent of the respondents said they get “more credible information from my supervisor than from my CEO,” while 28 percent disagreed. The chart indicates that one’s immediate boss stands atop the hierarchy of information sources.