Got trust? It’s something that needs to be built, right? And respected.

So, how can you trust a colleague you don’t truly know yet? According to a post on Psychology Today, there are several questions you should ask yourself first.

After all, as Nan S. Russell points out in the piece, the notion of trusting someone you don’t know yet feels a bit uneasy. The kind of authentic trust you want to have at work comes with risk. Here are a few questions to ponder…

How important is this task, issue, project? What’s at stake for me if it fails or something goes wrong? What’s at stake for the other person?

What checks and balances or safety nets are currently in place to mitigate my risk? If there aren’t any, what can I do to limit risk and increase my sense of security? Read more