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Virtual Team Building Activities for Remote Teams
The Deserted Island Scenario - Best for: Teams of 2 – 10
You and your team have been stranded on a deserted island and now get to choose three items from a handy list of survival tools. Provide a list with different objects – the longer the list, the more interesting the game will be.
Give everyone 10 minutes to select their items, resume the meeting and have everyone share which items they picked and why. Now give everyone an additional 5 minutes to decide if they want to change any of their items based on what their teammates just said. This activity will allow your team to become more open to new ideas and new perspectives.
Building a Storyline - Best for: Teams of 4+
Get the entire group to virtually “form a circle” on a video call and start the process like this:
The first person begins the story with one opening sentence and another incomplete one. For example: “On Mark’s first day at his awesome new job, his car broke down. At first, he felt helpless, but then he…” The next individual completes the previous line and adds another incomplete sentence.
This way, each remote employee contributes until everyone has had a turn. Aim to develop a comprehensive story structure by the end of the game! Not only does building a storyline force teams to use their creative juices, it also helps them listen to each other and improve team cooperation.
Aliens Have Landed - Best for: Teams of 3+
Divide the whole team into smaller groups of three to four members. The scenario is aliens have finally landed on Earth - but they don’t speak English. So, each team must pick five symbols or pictures to best describe the company! As the manager, check out the images and see if you realise any common themes or symbols.
This helps you to understand what the remote employees feel about the company culture, while also improving effective communication and problem-solving skills.
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