When you’re a remote team, there are lots of things you can do to keep the team together and build camaraderie. Here are some fun team-building activities for remote work:
If you have a small team and want to get everyone together in one place, look into teleconferencing software like Zoom. It lets you video chat with anyone around the world as if they were in a room with you (and also has some other useful features). Its competitors include GoToMeeting, Skype Meeting and Google Hangouts.
Fun team-building activities for remote work
If you have a remote team, there are plenty of ways to help them bond. Here are some fun activities that can be done virtually:
- Virtual scavenger hunt
- Virtual scavenger hunt with prizes (e.g., Amazon gift cards)
- Blog post idea: “The Top 5 Icebreakers You Can Use at Your Next Virtual Meeting”
Icebreakers for remote teams
Icebreakers are a great way to get your team talking and to help them get to know each other. You can use icebreakers at the beginning or end of a meeting, during a break in the day, or even just as an email subject line.
We’ve put together some fun icebreaker questions that you can use for your remote team building:
- What is your favorite animal? Why?
- If you could steal one thing from another member of your team (not including their job), what would it be? Why?
- What’s one thing about yourself that people might not know right away upon meeting you in person?
Team building games for virtual work
Team building activities that can be done online
- Virtual meetings
- Virtual teams
- Remote workplaces and remote teams
Team-builder ideas for a virtual workplace
There are many team building activities for virtual teams. These games and activities are a great way to bring your team together, even when you’re not in the same room.
These ideas will work well for both large and small groups:
- Team-building games
- Icebreaker activities
Team Building Games: If you’re looking for some fun activities to get your remote team members interacting with each other, try these games that don’t require any special equipment or supplies:
- The Telephone Game – Everyone sits in a circle and whispers something into the ear of the person next to them. The last person says what he/she heard out loud, then continues passing it around until it reaches back to the original speaker.* A variant is “The Grapevine.” Instead of whispering into someone’s ear, participants walk around with an imaginary grapevine tied around their necks while they whisper into each other’s ears.* What Am I? – This game works best if there are five or more people playing; one player leaves the room while everyone else thinks up an object based on clues given by another player (for example: “Something round… made out of wood.”). Then they leave notes describing these objects on paper plates scattered randomly around the room where they know none will be found by either party during their absence from one another.* Guess Who? – One person leaves while everyone else looks through photos on his phone or tablet app like Instagram and guesses who each account belongs too (or alternatively use pictures taken recently instead). Be sure there aren’t any identifying marks visible!
As you can see, there are many fun ways to build a remote team. It’s not always easy to get everyone together in the same place at the same time, but with these activities and games, you can keep people engaged from anywhere in the world!