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More and more of us are setting ourselves up in remote working environments. Whether that’s in a local café, a home study or the bedroom, the beauty of modern technology means it’s now easier than ever to grind the 9 to 5 without the need to step into the office. When working remotely, making sure your team still has an opportunity to connect, bond and have fun with each other is vital for productivity and a happy workplace so why not treat them to a virtual team building activity?
Virtual team building is a brilliant way to connect with your colleagues without the need to leave your remote desk. There are tons of fun and innovative ways to bond with each other online. Perhaps you’re looking for some ice breakers to connect people across different departments. Or maybe you’re missing Friday drinks and want to let your hair down via video call. Whatever it is, a virtual team-building experience will offer a welcome break to your team and promote a healthy working relationship.
While there are tons of benefits to a remote career, there is nothing quite like that real human connection that you get from seeing your team every day. As the employer, providing good team-building opportunities will spur productivity, boost morale and reward hard work. For employees, it’s a chance to catch up with colleagues, meet people from other departments and have some fun away from the office environment. So, what if your team works remotely? Virtual team building has come into its own since more and more companies have been moving their workforce online. Working from home can be lonely, so it’s hugely important to keep your teams connected online – and that doesn’t just mean video conferences!
A virtual ice breaker is perfect for pretty much any occasion. Whether you’re welcoming a new member into the team, you want to connect with people from different departments or you simply want to regroup after the weekend, an online icebreaker will help you get to know one another just that little bit better. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Similar to the popular British comedy series from the 80s, Through the Keyhole for the office is a fantastic way of learning more about your colleagues' home environment. Depending on the size of your team, pick five to ten people who will be happy to take a picture of something in their home. It must be something that they feel represents them without giving too much away. For example, perhaps they’ve got a funky sofa or a wacky garden ornament. It will then be up to the rest of the team to determine whose house is whose! This team-building activity can be done over an instant messenger such as Skype or Slack. Or you can set up a team video conference and discuss your answers all together!
Chances are your workload is heavy and your time is precious, so it can be difficult to determine the right time to organise a virtual team-building event. Should it be every Monday morning? 4pm on a Friday? Maybe you’re wondering if your colleagues even want to catch up with each other. One thing to always keep in mind, and to remind your team, is that there should never be any obligation to attend. Just like physical team building activities, your workmates are adults and should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to join in. (Although, if they are stuck working from home, they will probably love the opportunity to do something a little different!) So, when it comes to picking a time, it’s best to give your team advanced notice. This way they will be prepared for any quizzes or challenges you throw at them and opt out if they want to. Even better, using free online survey software will help you determine what time best suits your colleagues. You may find that first thing on a Monday morning and last thing on a Friday is not the best time to host an event, in which case, you can determine something which suits the majority.
Your initial answer to this question is probably: ‘Everyone!’ And of course, in an ideal world, the whole company would be invited to an online team building event. However, questions may arise around whether managers, bosses and CEOs should get involved. This answer depends on what type of company you are. If you have offices all over the world, it might not be possible to get everybody into one Zoom or Skype chat at the same time. What’s more, your CEOs might just be too busy join in! If you are a manager, you may want to let your team catch up amongst themselves, in which case, you could assign the task of organising to one of your employees. If you’re running a virtual coffee morning, then it might be easier – and less chaotic – to keep it within your department. However, if you’re celebrating a leaving do or welcoming a new starter, it might be fun to get as many people as possible on board!
Yes, this is the boring bit, but important to avoid any confusion with staff members. If you’re running a virtual team building event, then the same rules in the office should apply. This means no swearing, no bullying and no nudity! This isn’t to say you can’t have fun. Unlike the office, you can bring silly costumes and pets into your camera if you want to. Perhaps you want to take part in Virtual Chocolate Making, in which case, a full suit and tie won’t be necessary. Similarly, if you’re attending a virtual team building event with the head CEO of the company, you might want to change out of your pyjamas and into something a little more sophisticated! Another thing to bear in mind is the amount of virtual team building events you throw. If you are cramming in too many, then your team will not have enough time to work!
At Fizzbox, we understand the importance of hosting a great remote team building session, that’s why we are excited to offer a variety of fun team building activities and ideas that you and your team can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Here’s our pick of the best remote team building activities:
ONIGO | Duration: One hour | Min: 12 Max: 200
£12.00 per person
Blackwatch Entertainment | Duration: 1.5 hours | Min: 8 Max: 50
£350.00 per group
List of Life | Duration: One hour | Min: 10 Max: 30
£48.00 per person
Jonny Cocktail | Duration: One hour | Min: 10 Max: 1000
£40.00 per person
Fun Casino Events | Duration: One hour | Min: 12 Max: 105
£270.00 per group
Tagvenue Virtual | Duration: One hour | Min: 6 Max: 50
£418.80 per group
BucketRace | Duration: Two hours | Min: 1 Max: 100
£400.00 per group
Bake with a Legend | Duration: 1.5 hours | Min: 1 Max: 16
£595.00 per group
Once Upon a Whisky | Duration: 1.5 hours | Min: 10 Max: 20
£42.00 per person
Funny That Comedy | Duration: One hour | Min: 12 Max: 250
£9.95 per person
Fun Casino Events | Duration: 1-3 hours | Min: 12 Max: 105
£330.00 per group
Inflorescence | Duration: 1.5 hours | Min: 6 Max: 200
£45.00 per person
List of Life | Duration: One hour | Min: 1 Max: 30
£169.50 per group
Glo Pamper | Duration: 30 mins | Min: 1 Max: 10
£120.00 per group