Virtual team building ideas that any remote team can use

With the rise in remote work, teams around the globe are looking for ways to be more productive, engaged, and connected with one another. One of the ways people are managing to accomplish all three of those important remote team ingredients is by hosting virtual team building.

There are plenty of reasons why you want to encourage team building. Whether your team is tuning in from the main office, a home office, or a proximity office, virtual team building, team building activities are a great way to keep everyone on the same page, updated with each other, and have fun, all at the same time. 

So what are some virtual team-building ideas that any remote team can use? Here are a few ideas that you can use to help your remote team connect just a little better.

Virtual scavenger hunts

Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt, right? But how exactly do you do that in team-building activities over Zoom? To be honest, it’s not done like a traditional scavenger hunt.

Have the team leader create a list of typical household items. Coffee mug, hand sanitizer, cat, etc. Then, have your teams set and ready to run and grab the object that the team leader calls out. The first one to get back to their desk and present the item wins.

Virtual office tours

Office tours are often on the like of virtual team-building ideas, but it’s for a good reason. You can learn a lot about the office amenities they have lying around. Maybe they have a wooden carving sitting on their desk with a unique story, or maybe they’re spending their week in a coworking space, and it’s in a unique location. 

Plus, let’s be honest, if someone is willing to show off their cat or dog, we all want to see it. Virtual office tours give everyone involved the platform they need to really let people know something about themselves that they might not know otherwise. 

Virtual coffee breaks

Everyone needs a break every now and then, and virtual team buildings don’t have to be events. Really, they don’t even need more than two people. Instead, try grabbing another colleague, brewing up some fresh coffee, or tea, or even pouring a cold glass of your favorite beverage, and having a chat.

coffee break over zoom call with virtual team

Interactions like this between two or more colleagues spark conversation, help each other know more about the other person, and build valuable trust that will help the team work together more fluidly.

Weekly/monthly roundups

Although everything does not revolve around work, sometimes having a meeting once a week or once a month where people talk about their goals and objectives can be a very good thing.

A good suggestion for this would be to schedule a consistent time where everyone can jump in a call and have a quick chat. Depending on the size of your team, this could take a few minutes. That being said, having everyone speak out loud about their goals for the quarter and how they’re going can be very beneficial for everyone.

Virtual team trivia

Working together as a team is what holds remote companies together. In everything, through the thick and thin, teams should be working hard to solve problems and propel the company forward together.

Working together is at the very core of every virtual team-building idea, but none involves the level of teamwork that virtual team trivia can produce.

Whether it’s Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, or questions made up by the team or manager, trivia night can quickly lighten the mood and still require the team to work together. Whatever your style, just remember to have fun.

Bucketlist sharing

Even if you don’t have a physical bucket list, odds are that there are at least a few things that you want to do in your lifetime. Sharing these things is a great way to bond as a team and spark conversation.

If you have a larger team, you can designate one or two people per week to share their bucklist for the virtual team building. Tell them to add as many details as they want, and encourage others to ask questions. 

Sharing these ideas and life goals gives you a lot of insight into what kind of people you’re working with. Perhaps you have similarities you never thought of, or maybe someone has an idea so outrageous that it inspires others within the team to step out of their comfort zone. Either way, it’s a good idea to share ideas outside of work-related topics for virtual team building, too.

Virtual book club

Reading is a hobby that unites more people than you might think. A virtual book club could inspire colleagues to read on a topic that they wouldn’t think about otherwise. 

This is a virtual team-building idea that not everyone might relate to, but it certainly is a good way to bring more people on the team together. A good way to start and for everyone to get the feel of things is to suggest shorter reading material first. 

Book a shared office space

Shared office spaces are a great way to make connections and to further solidify bonds between colleagues. If you have a remote team, it’s a good idea to unite people that live close to one another, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time.

two colleagues working together in a shared office space

With Nooka, an employer can rent out an office space and have employees work together in a shred office space. You can rent it for just a few hours, or for an extended period of time. There’s no better team building idea than meeting and connecting in real life.

Wrapping up

Team building is important, there’s no other way around it. Even if your team is remote, building a solid force united for the betterment of the company can prove to produce some impressive results.

More than anything, the people that work for the company deserve to know who they’re working with/for. It’s the ultimate head start to establishing trust within your team. 

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