When you think of the usual team building activities it consists of trust falls or ropes course. But as many more companies are moving towards remote teams they have become innovative when it comes to keeping team morale and spirit no matter where they are around the world.
This list of fun activities you can easily do over Zoom or your preferred video conferencing platform where your team has the opportunity to relax, laugh, and build stronger relationships.
Let’s get to it and have a blast using these activities for your next virtual meeting!
1) Weekly Chitter Chatter
Weekly “Chitter Chatter” is a simple concept that your team should try out at your next virtual team meeting that can be a quick 5-10 minute period where your team just gets to chat with one another.
If possible make sure your camera is on during this time so it feels a bit more personal like you are all in the same room. This activity is a great opening to any meeting and an excellent way for the team to settle in and catch-up. In this short amount of time, it gives your colleagues an easy way to naturally bond and genuinely find connections.
Ask your team to find 2 older pictures of themselves preferably photos of them at different ages. During your Zoom meeting, have everyone go around and share their pictures, but while they are sharing have your team guess what age and what year the photo was taken. It is a fun way to look into each other’s cultures and see generational commonalities.
It’s a great game for remote teams to engage in a simple and easy way. Your team answers icebreaker questions about themselves and then QuizBreaker generates “Who said what” quiz questions around them for your team to answer. You can customize the quizzes to go out whenever it is convenient for you as well as add your own icebreaker questions to personalize it to your team. To get started head over to our sign-up page here.
4) What did you hear?
Similar to the concept of Pictionary, everyone will need a piece of paper and a pen/pencil. One of your team members will think of a simple object or symbol, for example, a stop sign or a happy face. That team member will describe to everyone as they try to illustrate it. The first person to draw the correct image wins. Try to play it for a few rounds as it helps your team’s communication skills. The best part of this activity is that no one needs to be an artist and it allows for fun and friendly competition.
A classic game that everyone loves to play. Share your screen and be sure to have a whiteboard open, like this one here.
An added way to play hangman is to choose words that best describe one another or adjectives that describe your company culture. It is effective in getting to know each other and it boosts team morale.
6) Team Superlatives
As you get to know each other, team superlatives are a fun way to connect and engage your group. Create a list of superlatives that are funny yet general enough to award to each one of your teammates. Once you create the list sent it separately to each of your colleagues so they can add who they think best fits each superlative. Everyone needs to send them back to you so you can put together the list.
During your next Zoom meeting have everyone guess who got what and award the superlatives to each team member. It’s a great activity to show appreciation to your team.
7) Word Association
Come up with a theme or prompt to ask at your team meeting or conference call. It can be work-related, for example, “pick the top accomplishments and goals the company has achieved this past year” or something fun and silly such as “dog breeds”. Once you have stated the prompt have everyone say a word that best aligns with the theme.
After your group has shared their responses take a moment to discuss and this activity also is a great option to start a brainstorming session.
8) Hypothetical Situations
Create a fun and challenging hypothetical situation your team needs to solve. This is a great activity if you are onboarding new employees or running different workshops. For example, if you are training your team on handling difficult client outcomes that range from unsatisfied customers to difficult refunds. Ask them to come up with several different responses on how they would react during these situations and what would be the best outcome to resolve the issue.
This activity allows your team to work together and use their skills to tackle any problems that come along. It also shows how your team works under pressure and what steps they use to stay cool, calm, and collected.
9) Beach or Mountain Debate
Who isn’t dreaming about their next holiday? The big debate is would you rather go to a beautiful white sand beach or breath fresh mountain air.
Before your team meeting have your group vote on whether they would like to go to the beach or the mountains via your Zoom chat. Once they have voted divided them into the “mountain” group and the “beach” group and have them debate why their vacation destination would be better.
Before the debate have the teams’ come up with 3 strong cases of why their holiday would be better and then discuss them all together over your Zoom conference. As the host of the meeting, you get to be the judge and choose the winner. This activity is an awesome way to get to know one another as well as practice creative discussion in the workplace.
10) What’s Your Background?
To get a break from your Zoom team conference have all your colleagues share their screen and show the background of their computers.
When they share their background have them tell the story behind or just why they chose that image, it allows your team to learn more about each other interests or more personal facts. You can even vote for one who has the best background to add a little competition.
11) Person, Place, Animal, and Things
This activity is commonly played in school and a popular children’s game but works super well as a team activity over Zoom. To get started pick any letter or you can go in order of the alphabet. Announce the letter and the first person to shout out a person, place, animal, or thing with that letter wins.
A quick reminder that each person, place, animal, or thing must begin with the letter that was given during that round. For the person category, be sure it’s not just a random name but a famous person, celebrity, or someone everyone in the company knows.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can these be played on other video conferencing platforms?
Yes, they can! Whatever your team is most comfortable using, any video chatting program will work. For example; Webex, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Hangout and so much more.
- Are Zoom team building games create remote engagement?
Absolutley! Since you might not work in person, they are perfect alternatives to bond with your team virtually. Any of these activties will go great for your next team building event.
For more team building suggestions take a look at our 21 Fun Virtual Team Building Activities.
- Should company's create a "fun" committee to run team building events?
We think that would be a great assest to any organization. So the details of planning doesn't fall all on one person and it is also a great way for team's to bond.
Even though your team doesn’t sit in the same office every day it shouldn’t stop you from creating fun and engaging team building activities. With all the great platforms like Zoom you really can get creative and keep your teams feeling connected no matter where they are physically located.