If you're like most people, you've probably been spending a lot more time at home lately. And if you're part of a team that's been working remotely, you might be feeling a little... disconnected. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun virtual team building activities you can do from the comfort of your own home to help everyone stay connected and feel like part of a team. Here are 10 of our favorites.
1. The " getting to know you " game: This classic icebreaker is a great way to learn more about your teammates. To play, everyone goes around and answers questions like "What's your favorite food?" or "If you could have any superpower, what would it be?" You can even make things more interesting by setting a time limit for each answer or incorporating themed questions (if everyone on your team is into animals, for example, you could ask "What's your favorite animal?").
2. Two truths and a lie: This one is simple but always fun. Have each person come up with two true statements and one false statement about themselves, then have everyone else try to guess which one is the lie. Not only will this help everyone get to know each other better, but it's also a great way to encourage critical thinking and healthy competition.
3. Virtual scavenger hunt: Scavenger hunts are always a blast, and they can easily be done virtually. To play, divide your team into smaller groups and give each group a list of items to find (you can make these items specific to your company or industry, or just keep things general). The first group to find all the items on their list wins!
4. Online trivia: Trivia games are another great way to encourage friendly competition among teammates. You can find online trivia games for just about any topic imaginable, so whether you want to test your team's knowledge of pop culture or brush up on your company history, there's sure to be a game out there for you.
5. Show and tell: This one is perfect for the kids (or the kid at heart). Have each person choose an item from around their house to show off to the rest of the team, then take turns sharing stories about the item or why it's important to them. Not only will this help everyone get to know each other better, but it's also bound to be pretty entertaining!
6. Coffee chat: Sometimes, all you need is a good cup of coffee and some quality conversation. To do this virtually, set up a coffee chat via video conference where everyone can catch up with each other in small groups or pairs. This is a great way to promote bonding and build relationships within your team.
7. Secret Santa: 'Tis the season for giving! If you and your teammates are feeling festive, why not set up a Secret Santa exchange? You can do this virtually by drawing names from a hat (or an online random name generator) and setting spending limits so no one feels left out. Then, have everyone buy their Secret Santa gifts online and ship them directly to each other's homes. This is a great way to spread some holiday cheer while also getting to know your teammates' interests and preferences.
8. Cooking contest: Love food? Why not put your culinary skills to the test with a virtual cooking contest? To play, choose either an ingredient or dish that everyone has to make using whatever they have in their pantry/fridge/freezer (Bonus points if it's something that can be made in 30 minutes or less!). Then, have everyone share pictures or videos of their creation with the rest of the team and vote on who made the best dish. The winner gets bragging rights (and maybe even a prize)!
9.'Would You Rather?': This classic party game is sure to get some laughs (and maybe even some heated debates!) going among your teammates. To play, simply come up with some hypothetical 'Would You Rather?' scenarios (e.g., Would you rather have superhuman strength or the ability to fly?) and have everyone vote on which option they would choose. This is a great way to get people talking and laughing together—even if they're miles apart.
10.'Guess That Emoji': Emojis have taken over the world—so why not use them as part of your virtual team building activities? To play 'Guess That Emoji', simply come up with phrases or sentences that can be represented by emojis (e.g., I'm feeling sick today = ) and see if your teammates can guess what they mean without looking them up online first. This is a great way to test how well everyone knows their emojis (and how well they know each other)!
Virtual team building activities are a great way to stay connected with your coworkers—even when you're physically apart from them! So next time you're feeling Zoom-fatigued or just need a break from work altogether, try one of these 10 fun virtual team building activities from home. Your team will thank you for it!