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10 Best Virtual Team Building Activities for Remote Teams

December 3, 2020
Virtual Team Building Activities for Remote Teams

This coronavirus pandemic has forced us to adopt a new working method. The sudden increase in working from home increases the communication gaps between the remote employees, which may eventually sabotage the growth of the company. So, to help you out I have created a list of exciting virtual team building activities that will help you keep your teams connected and provide a much-needed boost of morale.   

1. Fun Facts Guessing Game

The fun fact guessing game is a fun team building activity and a great way to learn more about your co-worker’s interest outside of the work.

Here’s a step by step guide:
Ask your team member to share interesting facts that others might know about. The fact could be anything like experience, hobbies, pranks, etc. Once you have their facts, compile them into a single sheet without relieving the name. Next to each fact, add an empty column where each employee has to guess which team member the fact belongs to!

Then organize a live group video conference with the entire team. The organizer should open the sheet, share the screen, and ask your team member to guess the answer. As each answer guessed, the organizer can put answers into empty columns respectively.  And finally, reveal the people behind each fact and also share the answer key with team members, so that they can see how well they guessed.  

2. Emoji Challenge

Do you know, according to the research a human face is capable of making 21 different facial expressions. Just think, how many expressions can your teammate emote? Interesting isn’t it? Play this game to find out.

Emoji Challenge

Here’s a step by step guide:

Divide your team into 4 groups and the team organizer needs to make a list of common facial expressions and send it to one person of each group. Then arrange the video conference call, where the chosen person needs to emote the given expression and the remaining persons of the group need to figure out what that is. 

Note – Each group gets only 30 seconds to figure out the expression and the usage of hands is strictly prohibited. 

Count the points and end the game by declaring the winner of this team building activity.  

3. Share your Bucket List

A bucket list is a checklist of all the things that a person wants to do, learn, and experience within their lifetime. Naturally, the bucket list of a person speaks a lot about their deep cravings. So, what can be a better way to know more about your team members’ personalities, choices, and interests by knowing their bucket lists?

Here’s a step by step guide:

Ask your team members to share their bucket list by specifying the numbers and the status (whether it is completed or yet to complete). After receiving it, spend some time discussing the bucket list – by asking interesting questions or comparing similarities. Who knows, they might get their partner who could help them to clear a few things from the list!

Note – Team members can share their lists in a spreadsheet and after receiving the list, the discussion can take place on group video or audio call.

Christmas is just around the corner, so….. similarly you can also ask your team member to share their wishlist items (saved items they want to shop for). Let each other surprise with some gifts by knowing the kind of things they like.

4. Virtual Halloween – The Most Creative Vegetable Contest

Every single person of your team has the capacity to share new ideas. So let them unleash their creative beast with “The Most Creative Vegetable Contest”. 

Here’s a step by step guide:
Ask your team members to create the most inventive, unique, scary, and wild-looking vegetable for Halloween. Decorate any vegetable (pumpkin is the best choice) with craft supplies like gauge, paint, glitter, glue and scary spider, etc. — turn an average vegetable into a scary vegetable. 

Once you get confirmation from all, you can gather your team on a group call and ask them to showcase crafted vegetables. End it with the final round of judging and pick a winner just for fun.

5. Recreate The celebrity Look

Get on a call with your team member and propose a celebrity look-alike challenge party. During this lockdown, this is going to be a perfect way to get creative and get ready even though they are not going anywhere. 

This one is simple, nominate different celebrities for each person and the employees can pick any image of the celebrities for this game. Everyone has to recreate the look with proper costumes and accessories from their respective wardrobes. 

Once done they need to share the picture in the group with the image of the celebrity they have used to recreate the look. After that ask the team member to rate the look and end the game by announcing the winner. 

6. Virtual Coffee Breaks

Virtual Coffee Breaks

Well!!  Who doesn’t like to grab a cup of coffee or tea and take part in an interesting conversation with their colleagues?

I don’t think anybody will say “No” to that!

Coffee breaks are a great way to bridge communication gaps and enhance remote productivity. Such breaks allow your employees to relax and focus on their work. 

Hence, conduct virtual coffee breaks on video conference calls regularly to maintain the connection, as well as improve the quality of the interaction subsequently. Treat these virtual coffee breaks as informal meetings and allow your employees to engage in some random conversation. To make it more interesting, you can also include some fun elements to it.

7. Online Catchphrase Challenge

Catchphrase is a game that everybody loves to play because it’s fun and light-hearted. It’s a great way to get everybody involved and push them out of their comfort zone. 

Online Catchphrase Challenge

Here’s a step by step guide:
Divide your team into two groups that will be competing against each other. Then finalize a theme (e.g. films, animals, etc.) and send an invitation to join the video call. Each member of both the team will get a chance to act on a certain movement or scene from them. The first correct answer wins a point for their team. Continue the game for as long as you want, and at the end count the points and announce the winner.    

8. Picture of Your Life

People say a picture is worth a thousand words, if that’s the case you can learn a way more about your employee with a good picture of them.

Here’s a step by step guide:

Get on a call with your team member and propose a “picture of your life” challenge. The instructions are super simple, all you need to do is to ask your team member to join the shared document or an online meeting board & post a picture from their life. The picture can be anything that will tell a story about who each member is or any funny incident: e.g a picture of the watch or shoes each member is wearing, the bag they carry, the view out their window, or a photo of their desk. And then ask the respective person to share the story behind their picture. 

9. Joke of the Week

As we know laughter is the best medicine. So, sharing jokes can actually be a great way to spread peace and encourage laughter. You can follow this activity as it is very simple and also you can learn more about your employee’s sense of humor.

Here’s a step by step guide:

Create a theme for the joke (e.g. jokes about celebrities, or doctors, or engineers, etc.). To keep it fun and relaxed, create a group on whatever channel you use just for this and start every week with a new joke challenge. At the end of the month pick the best joke and send the winner a prize!!!

10. The Birth Map Challenge

Birth Map Challenge

The birth map game is another fun activity that lets everyone understand each other’s culture and where they are from. This game brings them together and gets them connected & working better together. 

Here’s a step by step guide:
Create a separate group for this, and ask everyone to send an interesting fact or story of a weird legend about the place they were born. Get them to vote on who sent the most interesting story about their birthplace and then announce the winner and offer a prize.

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