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How to build trust in virtual teams?

Remote team building

As we all know 2020 has changed a lot in our world, starting with our daily routine and finishing with the way of doing business.

People want to feel safe and the safest place for every person is their own home. During the last 2 years, almost all of us started working remotely from home.

Woman on a video conference, having a meeting with her work team
Man receiving a phone call, working remotely, as he holds his child
Now, people do not want to go back to the office as they have opened new horizons and discovered various benefits of working remotely. Surely, from the employee's side, there are a lot of advantages of working from home, such as:

  • Flexible hours – your working hours depend only on you;
  • Time-saving – you don't have to waste your time driving to and from the office
  • Money-saving – you don't spend money on public transport or petrol.

The list of advantages can be continued and continued, but let's also consider remote work from the employer's side.

The main question which arises is:
How to build trust in virtual teams?
Bryce Smith
Owner of eCommerce company

Retalent's team has prepared you with some tips for building strong relationships with your employees. Following these tips will lead your team to outstanding results.
  • Communicating in virtual teams regularly!
    No doubt working remotely from home is very convenient for employees, however, we all know that human needs human. Your employees should know and feel that they are not alone. Allocate your time in such a way that you can regularly communicate with your remote teams. Don't forget about remote team building activities! These will help you get closer to your employees. Make your team feel that you really care about it. A word of advice – switch on your camera during online meetings. This will definitely affect the meeting positively, melting the ice between you and your employees. Communicating in virtual teams is crucial for remote teams to succeed and employees to feel part of your company.
  • Be open!
    If you want to build strong and trusting relationships with your team you always need to be honest with them. You shouldn't forget to keep your employees up with the latest news, deadlines, tasks, etc. While working at different locations it might be a little difficult, hence you can use special social platforms for work, such as Slack or Skype.
  • Focus on the results and not on working hours!
    One of the main questions of entrepreneurs is "How will I monitor the work of my employees?". Surely, it's a matter of trust in your team. You need to be patient. Let your employees manage their time themselves. If the only thing you check is the number of hours your workers spend in the office, it will not lead to any positive outcome. They may just surf the internet or social media during working hours and that's it. You should check the results your team brings to you, deadlines, and the quality of performed tasks. Believe us, your remote teams will appreciate your trust and will treat you with the same respect!

Man saying hi at a video conference, working from home
As remote work becomes a more common and widespread phenomenon of our life, more remote employees are needed. We know that sometimes the hiring process might be long and tedious for business owners. That is why our remote recruitment agency is always ready to assist you with remote recruitment, finding perfect and trustworthy employees.