The Most Effective Team Building Activities For Your Virtual Or Hybrid Staff
Ask any remote team member and they will tell you how important it is to have virtual team-building activities for better teamwork and employee happiness. In fact, 75% of employers think that collaboration within the team is highly valuable. So, team building is a must, even if it is to be virtually so.
In our experience working with several virtual teams, we have understood that virtual team building is not the same as in-person team building. So, you need much more than a regular happy hour or online team quiz to bring out the camaraderie.
Luckily, we have a few ready ideas for you that can help.
1. Virtual treasure hunt
What better way to bring together a team than a treasure hunt? Now you might wonder how you could conduct a hunt online. But it’s all in the details. You could make a list of household items that need to be photographed or decorated in a certain manner. While the tasks may be individual, they could be linked together within the team and the completion of all the individual tasks would mean victory for the team. For instance, Employee A’s task would be to get a picture of Employee B’s dog. There could be similar tasks for every employee.
2. Two truths and a lie
If you’re trying to have a fun-filled activity that also enables your team members to get to know each other better, then look no further. The rules of the game say that every person is required to make three statements about themselves two of which are true and one which is not. The rest of the people on the call will need to identify the lie from the three. It is a great chance for people to share even a few bizarre truths about themselves if they’re game.
Pictionary is a classic and a favorite among many groups. All you need to do is to make this a virtual team event. You can choose a good platform like Virtex that provides you with a virtual drawing board. Split up your attendees into teams and you’re on your way. A representative from each team will need to draw the word assigned and the rest of the team has to make guesses.
4. Virtual dance party
With many people still working from home, there is very little opportunity for physical movement. A great creative idea for a virtual workshop is a dance party. A trainer can lead the team while they follow him/her. You could also involve a few fun challenges wherein members add their own twist to a step or have a dance-off.
5. Virtual escape room
Just like a physical escape room, a virtual escape room will involve a team being locked up in a room. They will then have to use the clues to escape. It is an effective virtual team-building activity because it will need them to put on their thinking hats and feed off each other’s positivity.
If you have VR headsets, you can create a simulation of an escape room and make things more exciting for your team.
Five Easy Tips To Beat Boredom In Virtual Events
If you’re hosting a corporate event in 2022, you must make sure that it stands out. With screen fatigue being at an all-time high, nobody has the will to sit through a virtual webinar or workshop. Businesses need to factor in the boredom that comes with virtual workshops or events and look for ways to make their events more interactive and interesting.
So, how does one ensure that their attendees are having fun? We think it begins with great content and a few virtual team-building activities.
Let’s say you want to host a virtual workshop on robotics. Ask yourself if you have something truly valuable. Run-of-the-mill stuff will not work. You need original content drawn from your experiences or from those of others.
But just content is not going to get you the desired results. You will also need to ensure it is delivered the right way.
1. Illustrators or graphic artists
Did you know that there are illustrators who can visually represent your entire content as you speak? So, if you’re delivering a small segment on the types of social media marketing, this illustrator can rapidly scribble a visually appealing version of the same information. This technique called digital live scribing ensures that your participants learn better and take something back to share in their circles.
2. Creating lifelike scenarios
One of the biggest advantages of using a powerful virtual event platform is the ability to provide an immersive experience. For instance, on Virtex, you can literally replicate the look and feel of a physical venue. You can create signboards, tables, participants, halls, and much more. Now, make the whole event interactive by having your attendees drive to the venue, check in with their passes, pick the hall for their event, and so on.
Once they are in the particular hall too, you can decide how you want to keep them engaged. You can have them ask questions, participate in quizzes, or take some action.
3. Bring in a star
If your virtual workshop is on cooking, rope in a celebrity chef. People love to interact with stars and your event participation will definitely be worth the effort. Anyway, your participants are less likely to be bored if they are following along with the chef’s recipe.
4. Host live competitions
For both offline and virtual events, competitions always draw big crowds. The euphoria and excitement around a contest are unbeatable and all you need to do is maintain it through the duration of your event. If you’re having a workshop on virtual reality, then it must include a contest where participants compete to design a simulation.
5. Have at least one team-building activity
At a physical event, attendees will network. But networking becomes a little difficult when it has to be done virtually. So, be the catalyst and have a few fun-filled virtual team-building activities. Let’s say your workshop is on gardening. Make sure to include an activity where attendees work in groups to find the best natural fertilizers or something along those lines. The idea is to bring them together and have them work as a team.