Virtual team building creates genuine coworking relationships for remote employees. Read on to learn five virtual team building ideas, activities and games to help make connections and have fun.
Consider what’s suitable for your remote team based on the following categories:
Asynchronous vs. real-time: Is it best to run the activities so each person can participate at their own convenience? Do you want to run the event live, so everyone is together?
It’s just fun vs. practical: Is the activity related to work, or is it intentionally for fun alone? If it’s for work, it will be dual-purpose to build social connections and improve work processes.
Ice breaker questions are done in real-time for fun. Depending on the size of your team, the activity will probably take about five minutes. All you need is an event planning and hosting platform like WeInvite.
Here are a few fun questions:
Team lunches are just for fun and generally take about one hour. The name of this activity explains precisely what it is – group lunch break. Some companies allow employees to expense up to $20 so team members can join from their favorite restaurant, cook or order delivery.
If one hour is too long, virtual coffee breaks and virtual happy hours are great options.
Have teammates take photos of their desks and post them in a group chat for fun. Coworkers can see who works in an interior design showplace or on abysmal workstations. It’s a great way to have some laughs.
Another activity that’s just for fun is a .gif battle. It’s not quite the hands-on blast like office Nerf dart wars, but .gif battles are the next best thing. Many websites have .gif wars templates for teammates to join. The game generally has four rounds, each one with a theme. Use Google or Giphy to find the best .gif to match the theme and attach it to a game card. Team members vote on each round’s submissions – the person with the most votes wins. You can make it more competitive by offering prizes like gift cards or company swag.
Usually done in real-time, it is both fun and practical. Consider: how well do you know your coworkers? With Enneagrams, everyone gets an opportunity to better understand one another and gain insights into themselves. Enneagram asks the user to self-identify their personality type based on descriptions. It’s different than zodiac signs and Myers-Briggs personality types, and it’s a fun way to learn about yourself and how team members can get along.
To play charades online, select a leader to send a direct message to the actor the clue, then spotlights that team member. The chosen team member performs the prompt while another member keeps time and score. Divide the group into two teams and have fun!
This activity is a great way to foster bonding and connections. To play, each team member must tell a story about an everyday item and say the story as a sales pitch. For example, suppose the object is a plate. In that case, the storyteller could say, “the gold standard of circular food carriers, built to hold glorious ambrosia and delicacies, it’s vital for presenting necessary sustenance.”
Assign each person an object or allow team members 60 seconds to find a thing. An alternative is to have each individual grab an item within arm’s reach. This activity is a break from a daily routine and lets everyone get to know one another.
Since most companies use communication apps like Microsoft Teams that can be used for fun. Set up a dedicated chat channel solely for pets – it’s an easy and fun team bonding activity. Have chat group members share pet pics with an appropriate caption. People bond on a new level with pet talk, taking little time away from the job.
Virtual team bonding activities offer interpersonal interactions and connections and improve employee engagement. We hope you have a chance to try one or more of our ideas, or you’re inspired to find your own.
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