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 has been gaining traction steadily. According to a Flexjobs report, remote work has grown 159% . Between 2016 and 2017 alone, it grew by 7.9%.

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.