Remote working can bring several benefits to businesses and their teams.
Virtual employees save time on commuting and have a more flexible schedule. As a result, they are happier and more productive. Avoiding a stressful work environment and congested roadways when commuting to work makes them live a healthier work-life balance.
However, some people claim that individual work and lack of communication can sometimes make remote employees feel lonely and isolated.
Funnily enough, people who work in a physical office can also feel lonely, meaning that some remote workers do not feel isolated because they are part of a virtual team but rather due to the fact they didn’t establish good communication.
The good news is that companies can apply various strategies to bring remote teams together and connect them. The secret is engaging virtual employees through fun team-building activities and constant communication.
The team-building strategies listed in this article can be beneficial for all businesses that shifted to remote work due to the pandemic.
They can also be valuable for business owners who choose remote working as a business model (for example, businesses that are enjoying the benefits of a virtual office in Melbourne or any other city in Australia and understand the importance of avoiding the high overhead costs of a physical office).
Top 7 Activities To Connect Remote Teams & Build Company Culture
- Coffee break
A virtual coffee break can easily replace the traditional coffee break. This is a simple but effective strategy to connect team members and catch up on small talk. A virtual coffee break a day can significantly improve connection among team members and it is as simple as the name suggests – book in a 15 minute virtual coffee catch-up via Zoom or Google Meet or Microsoft Teams.
- Escape room
Virtual escape rooms can be conducted via Zoom or other platforms. Escape rooms encourage collaborations and keep all team members entertained while they’re solving riddles and puzzles. Just searching on Google will show you many different options
- A peek into each other’s homes or office
Team members can show off the inside of their homes or offices during a virtual meeting (as long as they are comfortable with that). This simple activity allows team members to get to know each other on a more personal level.
- Icebreaker questions
Fun icebreaker questions will help team members know each other and build bonds. There are hundreds of entertaining icebreaker questions available on the Internet that remote team members would love to answer.
- Museum or city tour
Remote team members can take a virtual tour of a famous museum or city. A virtual tour can be a fun remote team-building activity that will allow them to communicate, spend time together, and have an incredible experience.
- Movie night
Team members can vote for a movie, watch it, and then share ideas about it through a conference call. This activity is an excellent opportunity to engage all of them in a discussion.
- Personality tests
Each team member can complete some specific personality tests and share the results with the others. First, this activity allows business owners to know employees’ personalities better. Secondly, team members will have the chance to get to know each other.
Conclusion: Good communication and fun activities can bring remote team members together and give them a sense of belonging at work.
Remote team building in extremely important for:
- Improving overall communication
- Building trust between team members
- Making team members feel they are part of a community
- Creating organisation culture based on teamwork
- Breaking down silos
- Improving creativity within the team
- Helping team members resolve conflicts more effectively
Even a team distributed over different states or continents can collaborate efficiently as any “normal” team, provided that managers and business owners are able to engage team members in fun activities and games.
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