The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way most people experience their daily work life. Instead of being among workers in a single, in-person setting, employees all over the world are learning to cope with the realities of working from home or a remote location. This makes it difficult to remain socially engaged at work, which can actually reduce motivation and have a negative impact on the overall mood of staff members. To mitigate the negative impact remote work has on your staff, there are a few engaging, team building activities for work you can try. Giving remote workers a chance to socialize and stay connected to their colleagues can positively impact work performance and help you retain your staff through these uncertain times.
10 Team Building Activities for Virtual Meetings To Stay Connect With Your Colleagues
1. At Home Scavenger Hunt
Most of us are familiar with the basic concept of a scavenger hunt. Finding a certain number of hidden items was usually a fun party game to play in person with friends. Now you can play a slightly modified version with co-workers and staff. Simply compile a list of items for co-workers to locate around their own workspaces and homes. This exercise can be a great opportunity to have workers who don’t normally collaborate get to know each other in a more informal setting.
2. Guided Home Tour
Since we are all spending more time at home, this may be a chance for people to show off any new projects or updates they have going on around the house. As a fun distraction that helps co-workers connect on a more personal level, you can arrange for a certain person to give the rest of the team a virtual tour of their favourite areas of their home or workspace. Think of it as your staff’s own mini version of MTV’s Cribs!
3. Bucket Lists
It is good to remind your staff to set goals for themselves outside of work as well. To help encourage this mindset, you can set up a shared document online where people can share items from their bucket lists. This will help build empathy and context for the everyday work your staff does.
4. Two Truths and a Lie
This is another popular party game that is easy to play online. Co-workers share two truths and one lie about themselves (work-appropriate, of course) with the rest of the team. The other staff members must try to guess what is true and what is a lie. This can help workers learn more about the personal traits and experiences of their fellow staff members.
5. Create a Birth Map
You can upload a shared document with a world map and encourage your employees to identify where in the world they happened to be born. From here, you can have people tell stories about where they come from, or why they love their hometown. This is just another way to generate interest in the kind of diversity and values each member of your staff brings to the table.
6. Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition at work, and a virtual rock, paper, scissors championship is a perfect way to get those competitive juices flowing. You may even consider trying this early in the workday to get people’s minds warmed up for the day ahead.
7. Mindfulness Ice Breaker
One of the best things about being able to talk to your co-workers in person is the way it encourages staff to be mindful of their ideas, feelings or even things that stress them out. When working at home, it is harder to gain that kind of mindfulness. That is why it can be helpful to have staff write down any ideas, feelings or stresses that are on their minds. It can actually go a long way towards helping people process what’s on their mind rather than let it nag at them and distract them during the workday.
8. Life in Pictures
Gaining personal insight and connections at work can be as simple as sharing a photo and the story behind it with the rest of the team. Not only is this a good way for people to get to know each other better, but it can also be a good opportunity to create a more casual atmosphere for work interactions.
9. Would You Rather?
Keeping things work appropriate, this game can be perfect for encouraging creativity in both questions and responses. There is nothing like a good paradox to get people’s minds working. Would you rather be also a good, fun way to break up the routine of working at home by yourself?
10. Virtual Movie Night
It has probably been ages since you or any of your staff had a chance to see some new movies and discuss them around the water cooler. Fortunately, there are plenty of great movies available to stream at home these days. While you can’t get to the theatre, you can still have the chance to take in a flick and discuss it at work with a virtual movie night!
Try those team building activities out with your colleague when you have your virtual meeting!