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In conclusion, building trust in virtual teams is not easy due to team members working from different locations. It is not the same as if they are working together in the same location and in the same room. Building trust is very important for virtual teams and a key for success. A lack of trust between virtual team members can cause communication and performance to be negatively affected, making it difficult to accomplish their tasks.  


Researchers have found that developing trust in virtual teams is built via different mechanisms. Research suggests that reliability is one of the biggest factors in gaining trust in virtual teams. When virtual team members feel they can count on one another to do what they say they will do, trust builds quickly. Team leaders also have to build trust among virtual teams by providing opportunities for team members to get to know one another. Leaders need to give virtual team members a clear picture of task responsibilities, roles, processes, and technologies that will be used. Finally, meeting face to face early on and scheduling regular chat sessions amongst team members will ultimately improve trust within the group.


In this wiki we have discussed the importance of trust in virtual teams, along with how to build this trust. We have presented some exercises and practical tips which we feel will improve relationships among virtual team members and will hopefully lead to succesful virtual teams going forward.


Building Trust in Virtual Teams

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