Working apart can leave us feeling isolated so help your team get to know each other better by having some virtual fun or sharing something about themselves.
1. Lifestyles of the Near and Far
In this team-building exercise, each employee can pretend they’re hosting their own episode of MTV Cribs or Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and give a short tour of their workspace or the rest of their home to share some of their favorite things with the other team members.
2. Travel Photos
Allow each member to share their screen to show their coworkers a recent photo and spend up to 5 minutes telling everyone about it. This can be done all at once in a longer exercise, or you can start your regularly scheduled calls with a different team member each day and let them share at that time.
3. Bring Your Pet to Work Day
Without a doubt, cute puppies can cheer up even the biggest grouch. Let your team members show off their dog, cat, fish or ferret and the whole team will be going “aww” and making in 5 seconds flat.
4. Show and Tell
Let one of your team members pick a single item from their home or a random topic and tell their coworkers about it in a minute or less.
5. Never Have I Ever
Skip the risqué stories with this more office-friendly version. Each team member should hold up five fingers at the start of the video call and start putting down one, two, three fingers, etc. as they’ve experienced one of the topics. Try things like “Never have I ever eaten an entire sleeve of Girl Scout cookies in one sitting” or “Never have I ever ran out of gas while driving”
6.Virtual Dance Party
Drop this fun break into your call to break up awkward silences or wake up your team members. Let them know it’s time for a dance party then play a short one minute clip from a smash hit.
- I like to Move It by Reel 2 Real
- Hey Now You’re an Allstar by Smashmouth
- Work by Rihanna
- Happy by Pharrell
- Jump Around by House of Pain
- Work Hard, Play Hard by Wiz Khalifa
This activity is great if you work for a larger company. It’s easy to lose track of what everyone else is doing if your team is split into different departments, so have a point person for each department or from a group that recently did an event together record a short video, three minutes or less, about something meaningful that their group recently participated in to share with the larger group. It can anything from a big sale, a conference recap or even just a pep talk at the beginning of the week.
8. Water Cooler Talks
Since your team is missing out on those normal water cooler talks, pair up different team members for video calls where they can catch up on their favorite shows and other things they have in common. To help this you can also have team members fill out 5 things they’re interested in such as a recent show they binge-watched or a hobby they’ve started.
9. Virtual Bingo
Try putting together an office-specific bingo game for your video calls using a free online bingo card generator. You can add in squares for things like anytime someone is accidentally muted, someone took their laptop outside to work or sent a gif to a coworker just to name a few.
10. Spirit Week
Pick a theme for each workday to start each daily call. Try some of these ideas or come up with a few of your own:
- Share your funniest (PG-rated) photo to the group
- Share a recipe you love or one you want to try
- Share your favorite book or what you’re currently reading
- Dress Up Day- pull out an old Halloween costume
- Pajama Day (if your team doesn’t normally handle business in sweats)