7 Virtual Team Building Activities to Help Stay Connected

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated October 11, 2022

Published November 5, 2021

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As technology advances, many companies are allowing their employees to work from home. By cultivating and maintaining good connections with your coworkers, you may increase productivity while also improving your mental well-being. Communicating virtually with coworkers can keep your team spirit high when working from home. In this article, we discuss some virtual team-building activities that you can take part in with your team to help foster relationships remotely.

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7 virtual team-building activities

The following are seven different virtual team-building activities you and your team can engage in to stay connected and supportive of one another while working remotely:

1. Organize open mic nights

At the virtual open mic nights, you can ask your remote team members to show off their skills, such as stand-up comedy, singing, or playing an instrument, among others. A video conferencing tool lets you set up five or 10-minute blocks of time for each team member to present their talents before the rest of the group. These presentations can help employees build confidence in their work.

You can also record the meeting and distribute it to the group at a later time. This is also a fantastic activity for fostering a sense of community. Put the recorded acts on your employment site or social media to show prospective employees what it's like to work with you before they decide to join the company.

2. Plan a celebration

Make a video call to wish a coworker a happy birthday or to commemorate a work anniversary. This can give you and your colleagues time to connect and enjoy together. You can either send a meeting request for an office party or post a notice about the party in your chat room, as you may in an online conversation. To make the event different from a regular conference call or meeting, organize it around a specific theme and invite guests to bring a drink, snack, or other food items.

3. Set up a health club

Schedule regular exercise time when working from home for your emotional and physical well-being. You also can exercise with your coworkers by exchanging in-home training regimens via chat or practising them together on an internet call. One of your coworkers may be an experienced fitness instructor in a particular activity and would be happy to teach a virtual session. Set up a webinar-style video call so that the team can only see and hear the teacher while participants remain muted with their video off for the course duration.

4. Set up movie, book, or podcast clubs

Some team members are movie fans, while others enjoy reading or listening to podcasts. Creating clubs based on shared interests encourages communication and the exchange of information among coworkers who have similar interests. Members can organize podcast or album listening sessions, movie streaming parties, or book discussions at the end of the month. Membership is not mandatory in these clubs, which allows employees to have more choices and decide how long they want to be part of these activities to make it feel like fun instead of extra labour.

5. Decide on a time for lunch

The lunch hour is a popular time for colleagues to get together and socialize. Working from home doesn't cause a change in your regular daily routine. You can make it a practice to schedule lunchtime video calls with your coworkers so you may converse with them as you usually did in the break room or cafeteria at work. As a result, you'll have time during the day to rest and recharge before undertaking some work in the afternoon.

6. Enjoy virtual birthday celebrations

Another accessible virtual social event to plan is online birthday parties. If the team cannot meet in person, you can bring a cake to the birthday person's house and have a cake-cutting party via video call. Sending video messages from team members, asking guests to wear party hats, and hosting virtual games are all great ways to make the event more enjoyable. The group may also help get personal video messages from the birthday person's favourite celebrity as a surprise.

7. Participate in contests and games

Playing online games can also help build team spirit. Besides free online group games, you can also play trivia games in your chat room to keep things exciting and straightforward. Through these online social activities, you can help your teams and company stay productive in their new work surroundings.

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Escape room

An escape room is a themed challenge event where participants work together to solve puzzles such as deciphering codes, playing word games, and solving math problems. It can help you be more communicative, collaborate better, and make better decisions. Escape room games are best suited for teams of three to six players, and they involve a lot of creative setups. Take the time to prepare and get ready for the game by creating some pointers in advance to keep the experience engaging if teams get stuck.

Blind origami

This activity's goal is to demonstrate how important it is to pay attention and ask for feedback. You can send origami instructions to one member of each team. The individual giving the instructions can use messaging or video conferencing software to describe to their partner (the receiver) the steps of making an origami structure (but with the camera turned off).

During the conversation, the recipient provides feedback, asks questions, and requests clarifications. Participants can switch their cameras back on after each group finishes to check if the receiver made the origami construction correctly. Observe how things are going by rotating through the different groups. Once the groups have completed the activity, invite the pairs to switch positions and try a new design.

Scrabble scramble

This entertaining activity can stimulate imaginative thinking, foster teamwork, and improve communication skills. Using a virtual conference package, which allows teams to separate into virtual breakout rooms, is the ideal way to accomplish this. Give each participant a random selection of two or three letters. After that, assign everyone to a team at random. The activity can be most effective with six to nine people per team.

Give each group 10 minutes to come up with as many words as possible using the letters you have given them. Each team can swap up to two letters before the game begins. Award two points to teams for words with three letters, three points for words with four letters, and so on.

Lost at sea

Set up a scenario where your team is lost at sea, with just a few items to rely on to survive. They may order the items based on their usefulness in assisting the group in staying alive. They are to work individually first, then as a group. Then, assign each participant to their team and provide them with a score sheet. Start by asking team members to rate the items in order of importance and give themselves a time limit of 10 minutes each. Put this in the second column of your sheet.

Step two provides the groups with another 10 minutes to discuss and decide on their group rankings. They can put them in the third column of their papers once they've decided on them. Ask each group to compare their ranks with the collective ones and think about any differences in scores. In step three, ask each group to compare their answers and then give them the correct order. In step five, ask the teams to reflect on the reason for their decision and then compare their results to those of the experts.

Four facts and a lie

This game is a great team-building activity for people who aren't very familiar with one another. It offers a casual setting for people to exchange private information and establish a relationship. A lie, but a convincing one, can be one of the five facts the participants write about themselves. Allow ample time for participants to write their comments. You can then have everyone say their five facts aloud after they've finished. Think about the truth and fiction of the statements you hear about one another. Discuss the results once everyone has confessed their truths and lies.

Something in common

Something in common is a challenge that helps your remote employees to get to know one another better. Assign your participants into small groups and ask them to think of three things they have in common to play this game. To make the virtual activity more difficult in subsequent rounds, remove broad categories such as movies, literature, and food.

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