In our academic lives, we constantly work in teams and increasingly, we are working in virtual teams. Would you like to apply the best evidence from the organizational and management literature to make your virtual teams effective? If so, read this post from the website Science for Work to learn how to build trust in your virtual teams—increased trust leads to improved team performance and everyone benefits!
When working in a virtual team, trust takes on even greater importance as there are less social cues, poorer understanding of tasks, and increased risk for conflicts and role ambiguity. Thus, trust becomes more essential to effective team functioning. Here are four tips to improve trust on your virtual team. First, get to know your team. If possible, use social activities to engage each other and build relationships. Second, be trustworthy. Team members trust each other based on three factors: competence, integrity, and benevolence. Therefore, strive to display competence, integrity, and benevolence to increase your trustworthiness. Third, clearly assign roles and tasks. Documenting interactions through the use of recorded videos or chats can help with this. Lastly, work to maintain trust. Once trust is established it is important to maintain trust through frequent team interactions. If you want to learn more about evidence-based management, Science for Work (http://scienceforwork.com/) has ample reading with clearly distilled take away points!
Kendra Parekh, MD