Here’s a refreshing truth: team building activities are actually easier in a virtual team. At the end of the day, online social media accessed by electronics are where most of the socializing happens. A virtual team's bonding activities look similar to that. What makes team bonding activities easier remotely is ultimately the ease of participation, and simply the exaltation of shaking up dry virtual meetings and isolation.
Whereas there is an abundance of activities and games that we encourage your team to try, we have handpicked winner activities that help with getting to know team members better, induce joint team creativity, and generally contribute to higher retention rates.
Starting off with a story
The good old thing about stories, is that they connect us to an audience. Similarly, the story method is a great ice breaker for any team. Have you recently been about remote onboarding, and you’re trying to accommodate the new staff? This can also be a good way to touch base when transitioning to remote work. A way to do it is to divide people in groups, in different break rooms or workspaces, as team members might be more comfortable to share or participate with a less crowded audience.
Playing ‘Most Likely To’
The Most Likely To game is an interesting way for connecting team members with one another. It simply goes by reading an action or a scenario and voting which one of the team members would most likely live up to it. Some questions to ask within this activity may be: Who’s most likely to help you move? Who’s most likely to have an embarrassing hobby? Who’s most likely to throw you a birthday party? Or any other question around these lines. Different apps and software offer the game too.
Virtual Trivia Night
A Trivia is always a good idea when trying to find a collaborative and purposeful game to play with your virtual team! And you can always choose to assign a prize to the winner at the end!
Hosting a Trivia remotely is a great bonding activity, and with the variety of apps and other online resources that offer this game, there is no room for dullness. The host can simply compile a list of questions and read out loud to the team. The virtual team would ideally need to divide into groups, so as to spur more collaboration and fun.
Actually inviting clients
Including clients along with your team’s activities has often been encouraged as a strategic way to boost connectivity. In the virtual setting of a remote team, this could work just as well. When conducting team bonding activities, you can always invite selected clients to initiate any speeches or activities. As Workable cites in their article, a corporate retreat can equal an opportunity to synergize. Taking a step above and inviting clients to your virtual team bonding activities can induce this kind of mentality even further and thus contribute to a fruitful client-team relationship.
Quick tip: Getting the right platform
Run your next virtual team building session in a virtual office simulation as a free trial! Any team bonding activity can go smoother with the right platform. For our own remote team, we use a virtual office simulation, which maximizes any group activity. These simulations have their own lounges, conference rooms, and workspace features to facilitate online games and get-togethers as the closest option of an actual physical gathering with your team.