Trust is the foundation of every successful employee relationship--remote or in-house. Establishing trust increases speed, efficiency, and, in turn, performance.

Yet many businesses take trust for granted, with as many as 58 percent of people saying they trust a stranger more than they trust their own boss. While you can't always control the level of trust across your entire organization, you can act in ways that promote trust in your immediate work environment.

One of the most important things to remember about a person is their name. You can make a point to show that you care by getting this right from the start. After that, focus on getting to know the people on your team and letting them get to know you. Carve out time to catch up with those you work closely with, and create the expectation that a quick walk for coffee to learn about someone on a personal level is never a bad idea. Lastly, never underestimate a hand-written, congratulatory note for a job well done. One vice president of sales wrote 85 handwritten holiday cards to his team. It was a small gesture, with immeasurable impact.

When you make it a priority to find common ground with each coworker, listen to what's on the minds of those doing the bulk of the work on each project, and find small ways to go above and beyond, people notice. Doing small things well leads to big things.