- January 12, 2018
- Posted by: Andrzej Dobrucki
- Category: Article Summaries
Trust, personal safety, since the google study on effective teams these are rapidly becoming mainstream ideas amongst anyone thinking about team building.
Building trust in virtual teams requires a more intentional approach to team building than many managers have experienced with.
- Hire right – Great communication skills is the number one ability a new remote team member should have.
- Onboard quickly – Promote the sense of “being in the same boat” and how the success of the team will reflect back on each member.
- Share – Managers might make their expectations clear, but team members also need to do this and reach agreement on team norms.
- Don’t ignore the power of personal connections.
- Leadership – Leaders can make it easier to trust them by helping the team understand the leader’s role on the team. […] promote trust […] offer mentorship and help the team clear internal hurdles […] reward the team as a team. […] give the team enough autonomy that the team can act as a unit and arrange opportunities for the team to meet in person. […] They can remind the team that time spent building or restoring trust is time well spent.
Coaches […] can help facilitate good communication and difficult conversations. It’s not a sign of weakness or failure for a team to ask for this type of assistance. It’s an acknowledgement that working together can have its difficult moments and that the team is worth working through those moments.