Straight off the bat, here are a handful of things I look for in “not lame” virtual team building activities:
Without wasting any time, let’s explore the best virtual team building activities.
Sure, we’re a little biased but Water Cooler Trivia is our top pick for a virtual team building activity that’s not lame.
It's a weekly trivia game that brings your team together to bond over fascinating and unexpected questions.
The trivia quizzes are fully customizable, allowing you to choose categories that suit your team's interests.
Water Cooler Trivia promotes friendly competition and is an excellent way to engage your team members, regardless of their location.
That’s right, you can use Water Cooler Trivia to bring remote and hybrid teams together.
It’s equally suited to teams working together in a single environment, such as an office.
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Virtual escape rooms are an exciting way to challenge your team's problem-solving skills and promote collaboration.
In these immersive games, teams work together to solve a series of puzzles and challenges to "escape" within a set time limit.
They offer different themes and difficulty levels, providing an engaging experience for all team members.
Pictionary is a classic game that translates well to the virtual environment.
Team members take turns drawing a word or phrase while the others guess what it is.
Online Pictionary can be played using Zoom's whiteboard feature or any other drawing app.
If you want to encourage creativity and promote team communication, this is an ideal virtual team building game.
A virtual murder mystery is a thrilling way to engage your team members through an interactive and collaborative storytelling experience.
The participating team members assume roles in a fictional narrative and have to work together to piece together clues and solve a murder mystery.
Virtual murder mystery games can fosters teamwork, communication, and critical thinking, as well as provide a fun and engaging experience for all involved.
With no shortage of online solutions to choose from, a virtual scavenger hunt is a creative and engaging way to bond with your team members.
You can organize an online scavenger hunt by creating a list of tasks or items to find, such as completing a challenge, finding an obscure fact, or taking a picture of a specific object.
Leaders can then set a time within which participants must complete the tasks.
The team with the most points at the end wins.
The right setup can make an online scavenger hunt incredibly fun. Ultimately, it all comes down to the tools and platforms you use to bring the activity to life.
A remote talent show allows team members to showcase their unique skills.
This can help foster a sense of camaraderie and appreciation for each other's abilities in a team.
You can encourage the participating team members to either perform individually or in groups.
With a remote team talent show, employees can either deliver pre-recorded videos or live performances.
It all depends on the nature of their talents!
This classic icebreaker game is easy to set up on Zoom or any other video conferencing tool.
Each participating team member must share two true statements and one false statement about themselves.
The rest of the team is then tasked with guessing which statement is the lie.
As an excellent way to encourage team members to open up and learn more about each other, two truths and a lie can support team bonding.
If you are looking for more games to play via Zoom, charades is a no-brainer.
You can get team members to act out a word or phrase without speaking.
The rest of the group must guess what the word or phrase is.
With the right executive, this activity can promote teamwork and communication.
But let’s face it, you can’t really go wrong with a game of charades.
Zoom just adds an extra layer of intrigue.
Okay, it’s not very original - but virtual coffee breaks are a simple yet effective way to encourage team members to engage with each other in a more informal setting.
If you can schedule some regular virtual coffee breaks, it gives team members the chance to catch up, chat about non-work-related topics, and gradually build rapport.
Over the long term, these casual interactions can improve communication and foster stronger relationships within the team, making it easier for your team to collaborate effectively and work together on projects.
It sounds a little boring - but goal-setting and accountability sessions are far from lame.
These sessions enable team members to share their goals, progress, and any challenges they are facing.
When openly discussing goals and obstacles, team members are able to support each other, offer advice, and hold one another accountable.
This practice promotes a sense of shared responsibility and collaboration, ultimately leading to a more cohesive and productive team.
From boosting team morale to maintaining cohesion, virtual team building activities are a critical part of an effective remote-working team’s routine.
Incorporating just a few of these (not lame) virtual team building activities into your team’s schedule will help create opportunities to foster creativity, communication, and camaraderie.
Of course, you can start with Water Cooler Trivia.
After all, why wouldn’t you? It’s free to get started - for four (whole) weeks.