If your office has made the transition to remote work, how would you describe it? Chances are you are thinking it was scary at first but it turned out to be no big deal. That’s because most of what we do in offices is as individuals on our own computers, and we rarely come together as a group to accomplish things because we have so many different communication and collaboration tools at our fingertips.
Working from home has turned out to be just a different desk setup than we are used to and we lost the commute. Of course, this isn’t true for everyone. Some people lost their jobs because they didn’t want to have to install spyware on their computers so their bosses could track their every keystroke. The difference between the people who were able to continue to be productive and those who felt their careers and privacy were at stake came down to one thing: trust.
Trust is crucial to any team, no matter how or where you are working. That’s why team building became such a fad in the last few decades – Together Everyone Accomplishes More. Building those bonds hinges on trust – the trust that you will have someone’s back or that they can count on you to help them find a solution.
Trust is also crucial in the manager-employee relationship as well. People who feel trusted at work report the following:
- 106% more energy at work
- 76% greater engagement in tasks
- 74% decreased stress levels
- 40% decrease in burnout
- 29% higher satisfaction in life overall
In fact, 76% of people report that their best days at work are when they make progress toward their goals. People want to set goals and meet them, and they don’t need managerial oversight to do so. They do need clear, consistent communication and to be empowered with the tools they need to achieve their goals.
As the transition to remote work becomes more permanent, bolstering the trust part of the equation is going to become crucial. People just work better when they have clear goals and are trusted to do what needs to be done.
Right now because of the pandemic working remotely is a necessity, but 53% of workers believe this transition will have a positive impact on their lives. Studies have shown that allowing your team greater autonomy enhances productivity. Learn more about the psychology of trusting remote workers from the infographic below.