Increasingly businesses are moving towards team building activities with remote workers scattered all over the globe. It is important to build relationships, improve communication, and boost employee morale. Thus, Virtual team building is the process of engaging remote teams in an online platform to deepen bonds within the team.
Team building activities can be sharing of images, playing quizzes, or many other fun activities. The main aim of these activities is to build healthy relationships between the team and maintain a stress-free environment for employees to work.
In this blog, we are going to discuss ten team-building activities that will help you to bond, de-stress, and get some non-work-related face time with your colleagues.
The Deserted Island Scenario
In this team-building activity the participants are given the following scenario:
You are all stranded on a desert island and may choose only three of the given item list to survive (the host can add some fun items to the object list). The list of objects may include items such as:
- Lighter, etc.
After choosing items the participants have to explain why they have chosen the items they picked, and how it plays to their strengths. The goal of this team-building activity is to encourage creative thinking and decision-making.
Two Truths and One Lie
This is a simple and classic game where each employee shares three statements about themselves – two true, and one false. Then, every participant tries to guess which one is the lie. The objective of this activity is to learn facts about your peers while inserting an element of mystery.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
A virtual scavenger hunt is a game where team members have to solve a clue, find the related household object, take a selfie with it, and share it with the group. The challenge is to be completed before the time ran out. The fastest selfie wins.
- Click a selfie with something that has teeth but cannot eat?
- Click a selfie with me: I wear a cap but don’t have a head!
It is a fun, exciting, and active way to bring people together online. You can also do photo hunts, themed hunts, and more. The participants will enjoy getting up and out of their seats, plus having the opportunity to share more about what they find.
Baby Photo Challenge
In this activity, the host will get every team member to send you a baby photo of themselves. They can send it around on slack (or whatever channel you use) and get participants to guess who is who within a certain time limit.
Something in common
In this team building activity, employees are divided into groups and must find ten things they have in common with every other person in the group. For the twist! All the commonalities must have nothing to do with work. This helps everyone explore shared interests outside the office and is a way for participants to connect with their colleagues on a personal level.
Quirky Photo Challenges
The instructions for this activity are very simple. At the beginning of every week, create a new challenge. For example, for one week the challenge could be ‘the best photo of food cooked by you’ or the ‘photo of the view from your balcony ’. To keep it relaxed and fun, you can set up a Slack channel just for this and start every week with a new photo challenge with anyone being able to post a photo anytime they want.
Whose Office is it Anyway?
In this activity, the host will ask each team member to share a photo of their home office. To make it more fun when taking the picture, encourage participants to leave their desk and working space as it is. This gives a true representation of them. Then, get every team member to try and guess who’s desk is who’s.
This activity is simple, but also a lot of fun. In remote teams, it might be difficult to get to know one another, thus this activity helps each team member to learn a little more about one another.
Caption the photograph
Each team member sends a photograph of themselves (ideally, one in which they have a funny/interesting expression). The game’s host shows one photo to the team at a time, and everyone must give the captions for the image. The person whose photograph it is will choose the winner for giving the best caption.
Themed Work Weeks
A theme week is a great way to release stress and have fun with your coworkers. The theme does not have to be elaborate; it can be as easy as wearing a jersey from your favorite sports team.
Share the week’s topic with your team; you can even conduct a poll to determine which theme you’d like to use for your next conference call. The “best dressed” will be recognized, and the winner will get to choose the next theme!
The Award show
One of the most interesting virtual fun Friday ideas for work is to host a weekly mini award show. The team members can submit nominations for coworkers throughout the workweek. Categories can be premade, such as “team player of the week,” or employees can create categories to fit the week’s events, such as “Hangry Award: Always eating during calls” or “Fastest muting of the mic.”
Awards can be serious, funny, or a combination of both. This activity is a good practice for employee recognition as well as a means to create inside jokes and foster camaraderie in virtual offices.
Project teams who value fun and make a conscious effort to include it are usually more successful. Your remote colleagues do work together on the same project within the same organization, that is all they are going to know they have in common. Instead, plan activities and conversations that allow team members to learn more about each other personally. When people learn they have common interests outside of work, like music, travel, and more, they form deeper bonds.