Teams that collaborate and communicate well, work better together. Hence with more and more teams working from home, it is becoming all the more important that organizations plan for fun and effective virtual team building activities to help teams bridge the gap and increase trust, collaboration and engagement.
Virtual Team building activities when designed and organized well, can also prove to be effective in increasing team productivity. A rule of thumb is to make online activities easy for remote workers to participate in and not make it stressful or skillful.
Check out this list of seven D.I.Y virtual team activities, to get you started.
1. Virtual Bingo
Bingo is a classic game and an old favorite. This virtual version of a Bingo is light hearted, easy and fun and gets teams to bond with each other.
The Virtual Bingo board has a number of action items on it. Each player will have a bingo template with a list of statements. The moderator will pick out random statements and people who match with it have to put a cross in the action box. For example statements could be “did chair yoga” or “created a workday playlist ” and so on. The first player to get three in a row, and then a full house, wins!
2. Two Truths and a Lie
In this game, every participant has to tell two truths and one lie about themselves. The objective is that the lie has to be convincing enough and realistic! The other participants have to guess between the truths and lies while gaining points for correct guesses.
This game is a great way to know each other and discover a fun side to your colleagues.
Pictionary is top favorite among virtual games. You can make your own list of words inspired by your organization values and product offering. Alternatively, there are plenty of websites or apps that you can download and use to run the game virtually.
Use a simple excel sheet to keep the scores between the teams.
4. What’s Cookin’?
Many people are finding comfort in cooking especially during this phase of working from home. They are also using it as a creative outlet, sharing their results on social media and connecting with others while they practice social distancing.
Invite your employees to participate in a recipe submission where they could submit their favorite recipes and photos and also get to try out someone else’s. This could lead to a discovery of cross-cultural experiences. Participants can also do a live cooking challenge where they recreate their versions of one single dish. Points are earned for time management, completion of dish and plating.
5. Trivia Nights
If teams are missing the experience of socializing post work at a bar or restaurant, fret not as it can be relived virtually!
Organize a trivia night on various themes such as popular TV shows, Movies, Science facts, General Knowledge and invite everyone to join a Social Hour session with their favorite beverage- it could be a cup of tea, coffee, beer or wine! The host will play the Quiz-master and teams have to answer correctly in order to get points.
6. Back to the Future
Invite all employees to a virtual Costume Party with a theme, for example – Future Self from The Year 2040.
Ask guests to get creative with their attire based on what they already have in their closet. Every participant gets 30 seconds to talk about themselves in the present tense while imagining a scenario 20 years from now! They can talk about where and how they are or see themselves and what are they currently doing or have achieved in their lives. Through this activity, it gives the participants an insight into their colleagues’ goals and get to know them better. Most creative costumes and answers win prizes!
7. Boot Camp
Working remotely sometimes causes employees to overlook their fitness activities. A weekly online session of a certain fitness activity can help teams stay fit while keeping each other motivated to exercise. Employees can also connect with other on ‘health apps’ and set daily, weekly or monthly challenges. For example – Who can do most number of steps or burn most number of calories.
Plan Your Epic Team Activity!
Virtual team bonding increases employee motivation, efficiency and collaboration. It makes employees feel connected and valued, which in turn makes them highly dedicated to their tasks and the organization in general.
At Rush-A-Way, we offer fun and effective team building activities to help organizations increase their work place efficiency and employee engagement.
Get in touch if you would like to know more about our virtual team building offerings.