In years gone past, workplace team building activities meant an outing somewhere fun. Whether it was mini-golf, laser tag, paintball, escape rooms, bowling, dinners, lunches – the list goes on.
Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world works, with many workplaces shifting to remote and flexible working practices. This means that team building activities have had to shift online as well.
But this doesn’t mean they can’t still be a fun and effective way of building morale and allowing teams to bond through fun activities.
This blog will explore distanced determination and share some team building activities and games you can take on remotely.
Virtual Escape Rooms
Did you know your team can do a virtual escape room online?
These scenarios are conducted over Zoom, so all your team needs is their device and an internet connection.
They will face puzzles, think laterally, and work together to escape the room.
This is a perfect team-building exercise as it requires cooperation, communication and brainpower to escape.
Online Social Deduction Games
Another option for online team-building exercises is a group session of a social deduction game. Take, for instance, One Night Ultimate Werewolf.
This is a fast-paced game for up to ten players, where each player gets a different role.
The aim of the game is to figure out who the Werewolf is, and it allows for bluffing, social deduction and lots of fun.
It can be played over Zoom easily, which makes it another perfect remote team building activity.
Hold an Online Trivia Event
Another remote activity that is lots of fun and relatively easy to put together is a trivia session.
This is probably best suited to the whole division or an all-staff activity, as you’ll need several smaller teams to compete with each other.
Then it’s just a matter of looking up some trivia questions and hosting the event.
You could do a dress-up or have a scavenger hunt activity in the middle for extra prizes to spice it up. Speaking of prizes, if you have the budget, you could offer gift cards or days off with pay to incentivise staff to participate in the trivia event.
Bingo is another easy to arrange remote team building activity. It’s another one that is best suited to larger teams or whole divisions/all staff, depending on the size of your company.
You can arrange a Zoom event for this.
Bingo is pretty simple; you just ask people to pick a set of numbers from 1-100, usually a choice of 15 or so, and then you can either draw the numbers out of a hat or tub and the first person to get their whole set wins.
Again, you should incentivise the activity with some prizes.
A Shared Remote Luncheon or Afternoon Tea
This activity is purely social and will be welcomed by your hard-working staff. Allow half an hour of non-work time for people to have a bite to eat and chat over Zoom. Your staff will appreciate the break from work and a chance to shoot the breeze together.
To make it interesting, you could set a cuisine theme and encourage your team to cook or bake something that matches the theme. For instance, autumn baked treats or summer cocktails.
In this article, we’ve outlined six possible remote team building activities. Try a virtual escape room, or a social deduction and bluffing game. Arrange a trivia afternoon or a bingo session. And don’t forget the importance of socialising, which can occur during a virtual afternoon tea or luncheon.