Trust in a Team

When working in teams, is trust assumed or do team members have to earn trust?

In human society, any kind of successful relationship is built upon solid foundation of trust. This is the most important factor in many aspects of our life like building a family, building a marriage, building a team and relationship etc. In a team environment, the ideal situation would be that everyone trusts each other. But in reality the situation is little bit different. The perception of trust changes in an individual and is mostly guided by one’s experiences in life.

In the first job after coming out of school, I had a neutral feeling (meaning trust was assumed) toward everyone else in my team. As days passed by I started building some impression about each team member and my manager. Everyday’s experience would either add or subtract some points from the initial impression. At the end of my job in that company I realized that team members have to earn trust. This is the same thing that I experienced at other companies as well. In today’s global environment, one team can have members from different countries and culture. In this scenario, the best option would be to have a neutral attitude towards others. After working with the team members for sometime, monitoring their behavior under different situation, impression can be built about each of them. This ultimately would translate to team members earning trust vs distrust status.

Consider how trust is lost when working in teams and how to keep trust among team members.

Trust in a working environment is influenced by the work culture. In an environment where one is trying to please one’s boss by whatever means, trust has very little value. Before taking my first job, I was under the impression that the only person whom you can trust by default would be the manager. Trust for other team members would be built over a period of time. Initial days in a job, team members won’t be as open with the new hire as one would...