Even as the world starts to open up again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it seems as though virtual working might be here to stay for many. More and more people have started to see the benefits that working from home can bring, such as less time spent on travel and more time to attend to the other things that matter in your life – not to mention a decreased carbon footprint!
As teams continue to work from home, it’s essential that they find ways to remain connected. Employers can help with this by hosting virtual team building events.
Why virtual team building?
Although there are a lot of benefits to working from home, there are also some downsides. A lot of people struggle with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that come along with spending large periods of time working by themselves. They may also start to feel disconnected from the wider organization and start to lose motivation as a result.
Virtual team building allows people to feel connected with the people they are working with, which is beneficial both for mental health and productivity. It also allows people to get to know who their coworkers are, which is a huge benefit because it means that they know who is working alongside them and who they can go to for help and support.
A good virtual team building event should be something that your teams will actually enjoy, so it’s important to take into account the types of activities they like. A great way to do this is by taking a poll or vote to determine which type of activity you do. However, to get this started, here are some top ideas for you to suggest.
Online escape rooms are great for people who love to solve a puzzle and enjoy the thrill of a time-pressured task. They are a favorite for corporate events because, by their very nature, you have to work as a team, with each member having a task to do that contributes to the overall success of the game. These are skills that are valuable in the workplace. Plus, working towards a shared goal is a wonderful way to encourage bonding!
Escape rooms need to be organized thoughtfully, with space being given to quieter team members to have their say.
Virtual chocolate tasting
If your team has a bit of a sweet tooth, then you can’t go wrong with a virtual chocolate tasting session. Everyone involved will be sent a box of chocolates prior to the event, and then the tasting itself will be conducted by an expert chocolatier over zoom. This is the perfect excuse to indulge while learning a little something with your entire team.
Online pub quiz
Who doesn’t love a quiz? Online quizzes are a great way for people to show off their knowledge, and you can even use them as a way to encourage people to get to know one another if you design a round of questions based on people in the office or things that are specific to your workplace.
Quizzes are a great way to spend time together where you don’t need to keep thinking of things to say, which makes it a great way to build relationships and morale amongst your team.