If you could look beneath the surface, what would you would find in all successful relationships? That thing that allows there to be open and honest communication and a sense of shared purpose? It’s trust. Whether it’s a romantic relationship or a professional one, trust is the essential component that helps things feel right.

But how much do we know about what’s going on in our brains that makes us trust another person? Or whether a “trust factor” can actually make a difference in the uber competitive business world? This trust infographic shares all of the most fascinating research about what trust is and why it matters.

Understanding Trust

From the brain to the boardroom

FAQs on Trust

The Neuroscience of Trust

Is there a chemical in our brain that signals it’s okay – or not okay – to trust someone?

What promotes or inhibits that release of that trust chemical?

Are men and women equally trusting?

This infographic answers all these questions and more about the neurobiology of trust.

Global Survey of Trust at Work

Of course it’s more appealing to work with and for people you trust, but does it really make a measurable difference?

Higher trust sounds great, but is this going to help us increase value?

 Are managers and employees on the same page about levels of trust?

This trust infographic shares the most fascinating findings from two global workplace surveys on the state of organizational trust in 2017 – and the difference it makes for the bottom line.



At Six Seconds, we know that emotions drive people, and people drive performance. That’s why trust is such a game changer in terms of productivity and retention. The emotional climate of an organization is what determines how it feels to work there, and in turn, how hard and for how long people will want to work there. Our CEO Josh Freedman summed it up perfectly:

“When your people trust you, they dig deeper, listen better, and forgive more readily. When trust is low, there is more resistance, more fear, and communication doesn’t work as well.”

Joshua Freedman

CEO, Six Seconds

If you want more data on the emotional climate at your organization, Six Seconds offers a number of tools to assess climate:

Organizational Vital Signs: Measure key indicators of organizational climate across the enterprise.

Team Vital Signs: Identify opportunities and obstacles for optimal group performance.

Leadership Vital Signs: Insight on leadership impact and effectiveness.

Michael Miller

Writer at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds who lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]

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