Freelancers, remote workers and remote teams—this is one of the fastest growing trends in business. Many say this type of office structure could be the future. Workers are seeking it, because they believe it will support their constant pursuit of life and work balance. Businesses are seeking it, because it saves in overhead costs and employee turnover. A remote team might already be on the books for you, so here are three key secrets from my own remote team’s success in encouraging camaraderie.

Remote working is gaining traction. In Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 43 percent of Americans reported that they spent at least some time working remotely that year. This was up from 39 percent in 2012.

Whether your remote team is just newly formed, or long-time running, encouraging a feeling of camaraderie amongst your remote team members is important for functionality and productivity.

The reason for camaraderie—familiarness and good relationships—between team members is simple. When employees like each other and know each other better, they are more likely to work better together. Your team might be dispersed across the globe, but they are still people. People like working with people, and people work best when they’re familiar with each other. By increasing connectivity, we can boost employee cohesiveness and teamwork.

I’m going to share with you three secrets to success from my own team’s experience. It’s as simple as building trust, strengthening communication and creating process. Continue reading on the Upwork blog.