Trust. It’s something that seems to come hard but is essential to building relationships, especially in a remote work environment. In fact, it’s crucial not to underestimate the importance of trust in remote work. And, due in part to technological advances, society has changed how we measure trust and how we interact with each other. These changes have added a different dimension and dynamic to relationships while also opening up a world of opportunities. But at the basis of our human nature, we must trust others to build relationships. How do we do this in a virtual environment and with remote work? With two simple words—collaboration and reputation.
In a recent TED talk, Rachel Botsman explores the currency of the new economy—trust. And to build trust in a virtual environment where we interact more frequently with technology than humans, our reputation is crucial in establishing the connections we need to build trust. For remote work situations, trusting our coworkers, managers, and team members is essential to getting work done in an effective and collaborative manner.