Team Building Activities For Remote Teams

A team that works well together is more effective, productive, and successful — not to mention happier. However, effective team building activities can be hard to create, with typical team building activities met with more eye rolls that encouragement.

With many teams now working remotely it’s now more important than ever to keep up the team spirit, engagement and to have a bit of fun.

To make the most of your team building activities, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Schedule the activity during the workday so people don’t have to take time from their evenings or weekends.
  • Encourage people to collaborate instead of compete.
  • Set clear expectations so people understand the intent of the team building activity.
  • Select inclusive and accessible activities that everyone can participate in.
  • Ask participants for feedback about the activity so you can modify and change as necessary.
  • Ask team members for their own suggestions for future activities

WHOSE OFFICE IS IT, ANYWAY?

Have your team members send a photo of their home offices so that everyone can guess whose workspace is whose.

This can be done with a variety of objects: coffee mugs, pets, view outside the window etc.

VIRTUAL TASTING SESSIONS

This activity can be as big or as small as you like and can include a variety of different tasting options:

  • Different types of cheeses
  • Wines or other alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty teas, coffees and other infusions.
  1. Once you have decided on what the tasting option will be, each team member just needs to have the same objects in front of them at the same time. It can be made more interesting if a team member decides upon the items for the team and removes any descriptive packaging beforehand.
  2. On tasting day, your team login into their virtual tasting area, where the host will lead the tasting and share fun facts about each item.

The event is fun and educational for the team, allowing them to experience something different with other team members.

N.B It is important to make sure the team do not have any allergies before selection the products.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

  1. Create a series of words that can be described and then drawn eg an elephant, pizza etc (make sure access to them is shared by the group)
  2. Split the team so that one person is the ‘describer’ and the rest are the ‘artists’.
  3. The describer must pick a word from the list and then describe it to the others in the chat, allowing them to draw what they think the object is.

This task can be made much harder by limiting the words that the describer is allowed to use. For example, the card could read:

Item to describe ELEPHANT

Words not allowed: TRUNK, GREY, LETTER E

CONFERENCE CALL BINGO

You start with a virtual bingo board that has a number of action items or accomplishments on it. For example, when you hear someone say “sorry, I was on mute!” you can mark that spot off on your board, and similar for “wearing pyjama bottoms to a video meeting.”

2 LIES AND A TRUTH

Ask each member of the team to provide 3 facts about themselves – one a truth and 2 lies. In turn each team member reads out their 3 facts and the rest of the team can each ask them 3 questions about their facts. The team then quess which is the truth and which are the lies.

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QUIZZES

Each team member takes a turn and creating a ‘pub quiz’ for the rest of the team. To get more bye in from the team – ask each member to select a topic for a round of the quiz. You could include 1 work-related round as a way of including some training into the quiz. With a larger team put team members into sub-teams so they work together.

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We hope you and your team try out some of these ideas and have a bit of fun.

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Further Reading:

Ultimate Guide To Managing Remote Teams

Using Time-Tracking Software To Monitor Remote Teams

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