Building trust in a virtual workspace
19 July 21
It seems working remotely will remain the norm for quite some time now. Therefore, managers need to focus on building trust virtually. Here are some key essentials on building trust in a virtual workspace:
1. Get to know your team members very well
When working remotely, it can be difficult to get employees to bond with each other like they would at the office during coffee breaks. However, it’s not impossible. Schedule informal meetings for team members to just chat and get to know each other better. This is especially important with new employees, so they don’t feel left out.
2. Strive for honest and transparent communication
One of the most important parts of building trust is honesty. Ensure that you are always being straight with your team members and that they are always in the loop of what’s going on.
3. Be consistent
Consistency tends to make people feel safer and, therefore, trust you. Show up to all your meetings, be prepared, and stick to a consistent schedule.
4. Focus on outcomes
Working hours can get hectic when working from home. Employees can easily get distracted and this can stress them out that they are not doesn’t their job fully. Therefore, focus on the outcomes rather than the time spent on computers. This way, team members will feel as if you trust them to get the job done. Not to mention, it will build a sense of responsibility.
And there you have it! These four approaches will help you build trust in a virtual workspace and ultimately ensure your whole team is happy and healthy.