Earn trust vs. Give trust

How does your company trust its employees?

In some organizations, you start by following simple instructions, at a position  where you can do the least amount of damage. You need permission to order even a notepad and a pencil. You earn trust through years of service and loyalty.

In other companies you start off with massive amounts of responsibility. You head teams, recruit co-workers and set your own agenda. You make and break things as you go. You are given trust, and it stays with you unless you sabotage it.

The two approaches have different assumptions about people. The former believes that people are selfish and ought to be carefully scrutinized. The second believes that people are generous, capable and need not be micromanaged.

What is your company’s policy on trust?

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