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5 Fun Team Building Ice-Breaking Activities You Can Do Virtually

With more companies opting to work remotely nowadays, maintaining the bond between workers can be challenging. Since the physical distance has become more noticeable, it is vital to minimise the emotional distance. From seeing each other every day to not talking to each other at all for days or some, weeks, it is easy for us to lose sight of who we are as a team, and now more than ever, working remotely has proven that team buildings are necessary. Aside from creating a support system for all the remote workers, team buildings can also induce laughter and comic relief to the workplace even when you think you don’t need it. If you are craving social interactions within your office, here are five quick and easy team building activities to play.

 

1. Two truths and one lie

Two truths and one lie is probably one of the best games to play for team building, especially if you are just getting to know your team members. Due to the nature of the game, it is a great game for ice-breaking as it will help you to naturally keep the conversation flowing while having fun.

 

Instructions:

  • Ask team members to write down two truths and one lie the night before
  • Make sure the statements are about their personal lives and not work-related
  • Everyone will take a guess which ones are the truth and which one is the lie
  • Bonus: Give the one who got the most correct answers a prize
 

2. Desk show-and-tell

Show-and-tell is probably one of the easiest but most fun games to play when you are handling a big group of people. Desk show-and-tell will give you the chance to catch a glimpse of your team members’ daily views. Aside from that, it will also give everyone a fair chance to speak, hence no one will feel left out.
 

Instructions:

  • Ask team members to take a photo or point the camera to your desk
  • Everyone must leave the desk as it is; no cleaning is allowed
  • Each person must explain the items they have on their desk
  • Bonus: Turn it into a fun game by asking, “which item from your desk would you take if there was a zombie attack?”

3. Typing competition

Now, who says we can’t get a little competitive even when doing things virtually? At a glance, a typing game might not seem as fun or competitive, but we suggest you try it and see how competitive you will get!

 

Instructions:

  • Set your preferred speed typing test, or you can just use Live Chat
  • Ask everyone to post their score
  • The winner will get bragging rights! (or maybe extra clerk-work)
 

4. Trivia quiz

Not only is a trivia quiz fun, but it is also a great way to learn something new. The nature of the trivia quiz is guaranteed to make everyone participate. Even if not everyone gets the chance to speak, everyone will get the chance to work as a team which makes it a great way to bond with each other.
 

Instructions:

  • If there are more than 5 people, it is best to split into teams
  • Appoint one team leader for each team and one moderator who will be in charge of the quiz
  • Make sure each team creates a group chat to discuss the answer
  • The moderator will ask the question and each team is given one minute before answering
  • Bonus: The winning team gets a “Wish Coupon” which the losing team/s need to grant
  • If you need a bit of help, you can use this site to help you get all sorts of fun questions!
 

5. Guess the song

Another great way to bond is through music and if you are a music lover, you will surely love this game! Aside from creating bonds through music, you will also get the chance to explore new music that you might not have known before. Last but not least, music will also help people feel more connected, and isn’t that the whole point of team building?

 

Instructions:

  • Everyone submits their favourite song to the designated team lead
  • The team lead goes through the songs and plays them during their team meeting
  • Everyone takes turns guessing whose favourite song is whose
  • Have everyone participating explain why that particular song is their favourite
 

Overall, whether or not we are working remotely, team building is necessary as it will not only create a bond between teams, it will also help in increasing productivity and collaboration within the company. Besides that, leaders and managers will also find out about their employees’ talents and skills, which in return, will make it easier for them to delegate tasks. Though we might not see each other face-to-face, there is no reason for us to keep ourselves isolated. Human connection is one thing we should not lose sight of, so turn on those cameras and connect!

An introvert by nature that can only be lured out when there is coffee. Chases deadline for a living while dreaming of her next getaway during her spare time or busy reading her to-be-read list that won’t stop growing.

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