Remote work, webinars, Zoom meetings, and virtual office parties. How many times have you heard these terms in the past year? Many times, I bet. The world has seen a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If working from home used to be considered a perk in some companies, it has now become a norm for most businesses.
While we’re all hoping for a return to normalcy one day soon, one thing remains almost certain– remote work is here to stay.
But how do you keep everyone engaged?
With everyone working from different places (and in different time zones), how do you keep the team spirit up and make sure everyone stays connected? When it comes to ice breakers for virtual teams, you need to get slightly more creative than in a traditional office setting.
To help your virtual team out, we’ve come up with 10 fun and engaging remote team building activities and games:
1. Fun Slack channels
An easy way to lift your team’s spirit up is to create fun, non-work-related Slack channels. For example, create a channel #silly-joke-of-the-day and choose someone who’s responsible for sharing a new joke each day. The goofier the joke, the better. Or create a channel #pic-of-my-pet, where everyone shares funny photos or videos of their beloved pets.
2. Virtual 1-on-1 coffee dates
It’s easier to stay productive if you have friends at work. That’s why it’s important that team members build meaningful relationships outside of working hours too. One way to do so is to organize virtual coffee dates with team members from different departments. We recommend using Donut to help you connect with your team members.
3. Weekly team yoga practice
Well-being is the key to keeping your employees happy and motivated. Whether a quick 15-minute lunch stretch or a longer evening practice, organizing frequent yoga sessions can boost the morale and productivity of the whole team.
4. MTV Cribs; remote team edition
This is an entertaining way of getting to know your coworkers on a more personal level. Each team member should create a short video of their home or office and show some of their favorite things (along with a story about why they’re important to them).
5. Virtual Happy Hour with Pub Quiz
It’s 5 pm on Friday and you’re sitting at home trying to finish off your workweek. In normal circumstances, you’d head out to the nearest restaurant or pub with your team. But what if everyone is working from home? Well, you should try to organize a virtual happy hour, and to make the evening even more entertaining, throw in a short pub quiz too!
6. Quick Dance Party
Before or after a meeting, organize a quick “dance party” to lighten up the mood and keep the energy high. Here are a few song recommendations for a quick dance break:
- Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves me)
- CHIC – Le Freak
- ABBA – Dancing Queen
- Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
- Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
- Kenny Loggins – Footloose
7. Virtual Games
Organize virtual game nights such as Pictionary, charades, or “draw a picture.” With “draw a picture,” someone has to select an image and then describe it using only words. Meanwhile, everyone else tries to draw what they hear. In the end, everyone has to share their “artwork,” which usually leads to a good laugh.
8. Photo of your life
Another great icebreaker is to create a shared folder where everyone adds a picture of their life. Anything that tells a story about each team member and how they live their life. For example, a photo of the shoes they’re wearing at the moment, a cup of coffee they’re drinking or a photo of their work desk. Then ask to share a story behind the picture.
9. Two Truths and a Lie
You’re probably familiar with this game. Ask everyone to tell three different statements about themselves– two that are true and one that is not. Then, the rest of the team has to guess which one is a lie. This can be a great icebreaker before a meeting, too!
10. Life Bucket List
Last but not least, try to create a document where everyone shares their life bucket list. It’s a great way to learn about everyone’s dreams and it even gives an idea about future team-building activities. If some people share the same dream, it can also be a great way to connect and motivate each other in pursuing it.
There you have it! These are our top 10 remote team-building activities. Let us know if you have any other fun ideas or if your team has already tried some of these ideas!
Author: Barbara Borko