Building camaraderie amongst your virtual team is more vital than ever. It’s no secret that the work-from-home life can be isolating, and finding interactive ways to build your team and keep them connected can seem exhausting. Let's change that!
Building camaraderie amongst your virtual team is more vital than ever. It’s no secret that the work-from-home life can be isolating, and finding interactive ways to build your team and keep them connected can seem exhausting. Team Building exercises are commonly introduced when a new team member comes on-board or as a last ditch effort to cure morale issues, but what about the moments in between? Successful teams incorporate meaningful team building activities on a regular basis to stay aligned, motivated and connected. Read on for some of our favorite creative team building exercises!
Team Q&A sessions can be a fun way to introduce a new member of the team, but they can also be incorporated into your meetings on the reg. You can add questions weekly to add a fun interactive element to your weekly meetings, just cycle through new questions or themes each week so you can continue to get to know your team on a deeper level. Start by choosing two or three questions and then pass them onto your team via email the night before or first thing on your call. Share your answers first, and then open up the floor for each team-member to share their responses to each. Some of our favorite themes are hometowns/origins, music, movies, hobbies, habits and tools/apps! You can even dive deeper and ask specific culture questions about your organization’s culture to gain valuable feedback. You never know what you might have in common with your teammates!
Who doesn’t love a chance to connect over some good grub? There’s just something about it that really hits home. Once-a-month team lunches can provide a virtual take on real-life outings. Establish some common ground by deciding on a theme for your virtual lunch - maybe everyone gets thai, or maybe it’s pizza! Or keep it freestyle, and allow everyone on the team up to $25 so they can join from their favorite cafe, order delivery, or cook up a little something special at home (because, real talk: heating up leftovers gets old). Allow everyone to take 60 seconds to tell a story from the week or share a memorable work highlight with the team so everyone gets a chance to speak! Be sure to plan team lunches on a monthly basis on the same day of the week so team-members have time to prepare. There’s nothing quite like gathering over a meal, and this is something that we may not even know we’re missing as we adjust to the “new normal”.
This activity definitely requires a heads up for those who embrace the chaotic-but-organized-to-me working style, but virtual home office tours can give your team a chance to view each other’s working spaces and get real about working from home. Do you prefer a cozy atmosphere complete with candles, diffusers and a snack drawer within reach? Or are you a fan of clean, quiet spaces that allow you to focus? Find out by allowing each team member to take the team on a quick home office tour. Introductions to pets are always recommended (and HIGHLY encouraged). Try to keep the tour at 60 seconds, and then take a few moments to ask a few questions or open up the floor for comments! Some questions we love incorporating: