As more and more teams around the world are now working remotely either on a permanent or temporary basis, establishing team unity has become trickier than ever. When working outside the office, employees never get the same chance to collaborate and socialize unlike when everyone is gathered in one office. But, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to build purpose, engagement, and unity among your remote team, though.
Through hosting enjoyable, carefully planned, and purposeful virtual team building activities, companies can help lessen the feelings of loneliness and isolation of their remote workers. To help you get started, here are a few ideas that are guaranteed to liven up and boost the spirits of your team members:
Enjoy Your Lunch Together
Don’t let the distance stop you from socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Why not host virtual lunchtime meetings for your team on a regular basis? This is an exciting chance for your employees to just sit back, relax, ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, get to know more about each other, and the like. You can take things a step further by sending a small gift card to a certain fast food chain to your team members so they can use it during the meeting.
Play Guess the Person
You can do this fun virtual team building game both in the office or virtually. Prior to the activity, you can ask every member of the team to share three personal facts about them. These facts can be personal, professional, or even silly. List down these facts on a paper and let the team members guess who the facts belong to. You can up the fun of this game if you offer the winner a fun reward like the chance to clock out earlier for one day, a digital gift card, and others.
Start a Book Club
One of the best ways to expand knowledge is reading and this is a hobby that many people actually enjoy. Every month or once every quarter, you can pick a book that your team should read. The book doesn’t have to be long but it should help them with their professional lives and career. During a virtual meeting, you can spend time to discuss the book and ask your employees to give their feedback regarding what they learned, liked, or disliked about the book.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell is not only meant for kids. With this virtual team building activity, you can give every member of the team a minute to show one item that is special for them. It will be very simple since most members are at home and it will be easy for them to grab something they can talk about.
Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is a great and fun game to help your team members know more about each other. Let every member say one lie and two truths about themselves. The other team members should guess the statement that is the lie. Aside from getting to know each other, it is also a fast and simple way to break the ice.
Be fun and create with these virtual team building activities!