I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

By now most businesses that have been forced into remote work environments have discovered whether they have a high-trust or low-trust culture.

Those that have high-trust cultures are thriving at remote working and will likely continue this smarter way of working as their new normal.

These businesses will also be more profitable than their low-trust peers. Here is why:

Research shows that employees in high-trust organizations are:

1) Better at collaborating
2) More productive
3) Show greater loyalty than those in low-trust companies.
4) Suffer less from stress and anxiety

All of which contributes to better performance at work which has a direct impact on the bottom line.

Creating a high-trust culture in an organization falls on the shoulders of the leadership team. Yes, it is obviously a two-way street and trust is earned by everyone, but the tone is set at the top.

As a leader do you show that you trust the people you hired?