It is easy for employees to strike a conversation with each other while at office. However, while working remotely, communication becomes one of the biggest hurdles. Keeping the team together virtually could help bridge this gap in communication. Sending emails and being on work related conversations all day is not going to build lasting relationships. Only when the team gets to know each other in a setting outside of work would they be able to foster lasting relationships.
Team building efforts should not feel boring or forced upon. Create an environment where your employees have fun ways of staying connected with each other. Here are some simple yet effective ways to bring the team together;
The remote working could have made sharing meals impossible. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot have your meals together anymore. Have a virtual lunch on one day of the week. Even better if the organization can arrange for a meal delivered to the employee’s house on that particular day and have a virtual luncheon.
It may not be as spontaneous as the coffee breaks that your employees had while working in-office, but a virtual coffee break could help them break the ice and talk about some casual things. Working alone could make them feel isolated and it’s during breaks like these that they get to stay connected with their colleagues.
Virtual Movie night
If lunches and coffee breaks are not something that would work for your team, a movie night is the best bet. Who doesn’t like some good entertainment? There are many streaming apps available that allows you to watch as a group, virtually. Netflix and zoom are some of the popular options for virtual movie nights.
Bingo is one of the easiest virtual games that you can play as a team. There are many fun templates available online. Or just download a blank template and make one your own style.
Book / Movie club
Don’t let social distancing get in the way of discovering your love for books or movies. If your office doesn’t have a book or a movie club, now is a good time to start. Have virtual club meets and exchange your love for books, movies or even art!
Virtual Outfit of the day
Play dress up. No, really! Come up with fun themes or just plain dressing up to work and get your team on a virtual “outfit of the day” challenge. Get someone to pick the winner each day. Working from home doesn’t have to be boring, you can dress up and work from home!
Virtual Fitness sessions
Getting fit needs some nudge and motivation for some of us. Not all of us can start a fitness routine and keep up with it all by ourselves. Miss going to the fitness center? Get together with fitness enthusiasts from your office and follow a routine virtually. There are many apps which gives you fitness classes based on varying levels of intensity. A fun evening of Zumba or an intense HIIT session, pick your choice.
The best way to ever build online team bonding is by playing games. Virtually, there are so many options available from board games to Pictionary and even strategic games that involves problem solving, etc. Try the most popular team games like Pub-G or Fortnite to keep your team engaged.
Virtual team bonding is a solution to many problems that occur between remote teams. Problems regarding collaboration, communication, teamwork, trust and change management are hard to deal with in a virtual medium. Virtual team building activities have been proven to improve the bond between employees working remotely and create new ways to communicate and collaborate virtually. Check out the online team building experiences offered by Jambar Virtual, an exclusive virtual team building Singapore based company.