With COVID-19 disrupting businesses all over, most teams have been forced to go remote.
What is virtual team building?
Virtual team building is using technology, emotional intelligence, and management skills to keep teams connected when they can’t physically be together. Virtual team building comes in many forms, but the effective programs make employees forget they’re not sitting in the same office.
So how do you run team building games for remote teams?
As a remote team, we geek out over virtual team building. We’re always looking for ways to bring our team closer together. Every team leader knows this: the bonds between team members are important. You have to keep everyone involved in the team processes. You want them to be more than co-workers. You want them to support each other in a positive, playful manner.
These activities will help you to implement icebreakers, to build group rapport quickly, to reorganize team, to start a new project, and many more. These activities and funny games are easy to assemble, so they do not take a lot of time out of the workday to perform. Now it’s time to describe some of them in detail.
• Virtual coffee meeting. Sometimes, in-person coffee meetings aren’t always possible – especially in the current COVID-19 lockdown situation! Don’t let that deter you. Send one of your colleagues an email or instant message over your workplace Slack to invite them to have coffee with you virtually. You can both grab a drink and connect via a video conference meeting to have a conversation.
• Virtual museum and galley tours. Many of the world’s leading museums and art galleries offer virtual tours that provide a detailed viewing of the creative treasures inside, from the brilliance of the old masters at the National Gallery and the Louvre, to a celebration of British art at the Tate. Get ready for some high-brow gallery-hopping as you take on a journey from London to Paris, Amsterdam, America and back again – all from the comfort of your own sofa.
• Picture of your life. Ask every member of the team to join a shared document or an online meeting board before the meeting begins and post a picture of something from their life. It can be anything that will tell a story about who each member is or how they work: a picture of the shoes each member is wearing, the view out their window or a photo of their desk. Then ask them to share the story behind their picture.
• Virtual book club. Whether you’re stuck inside for an unforeseen amount of time, have friends or co-workers scattered around the world, or just really prefer to chat about topics that get your inner fangirl buzzing from the comfort of your living room or home office, a virtual game night or book club is the perfect solution.
• The bucket list challenge. Whenever you need a cool icebreaker, turn to the Bucket List Challenge as team building games for remote workers. It can be fun to hear what other people want to achieve, maybe some have ticked off an item and can share their experiences to the rest of the team.
• Team building bingo. One of the best starter online games for teams is online team building bingo. Bingo, a game played across retirement homes and summer camps everywhere, is familiar, fun, and works extremely well in the online format.
• The recipe round – up. It can be a good idea to invite your remote team to participate in a recipe roundup. It can have various themes like “best cookies recipes” or “anything your grandmama makes better than everyone else”. You can assemble all recipes in a Slack channel or run a challenge where participants prepare the other recipes and post photos. This kind of group activity is mostly meant to be fun and symbolizes a strong element of communication.
• Virtual dance party. Have a dance party going at the beginning of your call so that people can participate as they join. When you start a video call with a dance party then you optimize around avoiding awkward chit-chat or silence. Second, use virtual dance parties as a way to boost energy throughout the meeting. If you take a five-minute wellness break during a 60-minute meeting, you can dedicate at least 30 seconds to dance.
• Typing speed race. Use your keyboard as racing car! This is an exciting online competition in speed typing! You can practice in fast typing and have much fun with your co-workers. Typing speed races are free virtual team building activities that you can start right now. To begin, take a typing test using typingtest.com or similar. Then, post your results on your company message board or by email. The more competitive members of your team will reply with results quickly and others will follow.
Each activity will bring your team together, prevent people feeling isolated and boost morale. We’d love to send you the latest information on new challenges and exclusive discounts via email, please contact us to find out more.