With trust being one of the essential elements of any successful team- how can it be built it in remote teams to create an inclusive work environment?
Trust is a critical building block to a team’s effectiveness, both in a physical and virtual environment. Throw in the high levels of stress and anxiety; trust levels in a team can collapse if not managed properly. Building a culture of trust makes a meaningful difference in both employee engagement and company outcomes by enabling higher productivity and increased profitability.
While it is more difficult to build trust when team members aren’t face to face, maintaining a domain of trust is essential for remote teams to thrive. Below are some proactive management strategies that can cultivate strong workplace relationships and productive collaborations.
1. Transparency and Open communication
Maintaining open communication is key to building a collaborative workforce. The more an organization shares with their employees, the more faith they will have in the company and the more they will show themselves to be trustworthy. In a remote environment, transparency is especially valued as it lowers the chances of miscommunication. Keeping employees in the loop not only builds trust but also drives employee motivation and performance. Hence its important for organizations to embrace transparency and incorporate it into the company culture at every step – from hiring, sharing information as well as answering questions.
2. Awards and Recognition
It is important to celebrate individual and group wins no matter how big or small. Acknowledging an employee’s contribution builds their trust and pushes them to do better.
Promoting and recognizing their strengths by praising their contribution helps build confidence and trust with the management and also plays a part in the group’s success.
While it is nearly impossible to observe if all employees are working round the clock, most successful companies focus on the results.
Therefore, by granting autonomy along with organizational support, the employee is empowered to make decisions and solve problems on their own as much as possible. It also places a high level of trust on both the employee and the management that the work is getting done.
4. Virtual Team Building
“Teamwork builds Trust and Trust builds Speed” – Russel Honore.
It is important for remote team members to build stronger bonds in order to work more effectively with each other. Thus socializing over online team games and virtual team building activities can play a huge role in bridging the gap in remote teams and helping them feel connected.
Effective remote team bonding efforts should include several carefully designed games and activities that are meant to bring more human interaction to virtual work. A good online team game should aim at bringing teams together and include a good balance of adrenaline rush, team interaction, problem solving and friendly competition- like Rush-A-Way Virtual team building programs.
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