Trust and connection are essential for team success. This is especially true in virtual and remote contexts. When trust levels are low, we may see behaviors such as:
- Territorialism – Mine vs. Yours. Us vs. them. Headquarters vs. Remote Workers
- Lack of accountability
- Lack of ownership
None of these are productive or positive. Over time these behaviors lead to toxicity and conflict, threatening the fabric of your talent.
What are the things we can do to build trust and connection across the team?
A few years ago, I created a short video which I’ve shown to multiple groups. It focuses on 9 behaviors we can practice as a team to boost trust and connection. I originally wrote about them in Teams365.
These behaviors are:
- Walk the Talk
- Build on Strengths
- Take Ownership (For What Works and What Doesn't)
- Creating Connections
- Clear Expectations and Communication
- Regular one-on-ones/communication
As you read through these ask yourself, where are you on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high):
If this is a topic of importance to you and your team, consider exploring this additional Teams365 post about Trust and Connection:
Teams365 1184: Team Building Tip #129
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