How do you build trust with remote teams?

One of the significant challenges in leading remote teams is establishing trust. Managing remote teams with diverse cultures, time zones, and different languages could complicate the situation.

Teams who trust each other have distinguished numbers in companies.  According to The Neuroscience of Trust by Paul Zak, published by Harvard Business Review, individuals in high-trust companies, when compared to those in low-trust environments, report:

  • 74% less stress
  • 106% more energy at work
  • 50% higher productivity
  • 76% more engagement
  • 29% more satisfaction with their lives
  • 40% less burnout.

Leaders can influence their teams to spread trust. For that reason, we want to share some strategies to achieve that goal.

Communication is the key to remote teams

Without communication, it is not possible the trust. Set regular meetings to align tasks, deadlines, responsibilities, and expectations. But it is not only about talking, trust needs a lot of listening. 

Beyond the necessary organization within any team, it’s essential to pay attention to what each team member has to say. Not responding to emails while in a meeting or chatting on another platform allows you to be attentive to initiatives, and motions, and even to identify opportunities within the team.

Establish Accountability

Accountability fosters trust within the team by establishing transparent expectations, fostering an environment where team members fulfill their commitments, and instilling a sense of achievement by meeting objectives.

Without transparency and accountability, team problems like ongoing team conflicts, missing deadlines, and gossip are more frequent.

Show your humanity

The leaders have goals and responsibilities, but that doesn’t make you any less human. To connect with your team beyond borders, they must know the person behind the role. Allow yourself to open up and show your humanity to your team.

Recognize the efforts of your remote team members

Sometimes, the anticipation of our work being recognized motivates us to make an additional effort. As a leader, openly acknowledging such dedication is crucial. Regardless of our location, we all demonstrate diligence. Respect it, commemorate it, and reward it!

Would you like to have more tools to improve your leadership? 

At MBI Talent Group, we can help you with our leadership consultancy. Our goal is to create a safe space in which the leader and their team feel confident to explore the challenges they face, the actions to take, and the key competencies to develop. Do you want more information? Please contact us by this link: