Remote Work & Virtual Team Building
The Difficulties of Remote Work
With the sudden arrival of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, most teams have had to quickly adapt to remote work, and working from home has now become the norm.
However, when your team is working in different locations, the physical distance of remote work makes it difficult to bring teams together. With no daily face-to-face interaction, it can be hard to get the same level of connection as you would in-person, in the office. And this can lead to loneliness, disengagement, disconnection, and reduced productivity.
Hence, businesses need to find an effective way to help team members bond, collaborate and connect with each other whilst working remotely, so that they can keep staff engaged and productive when working from home.
What is Virtual Team Building?
Virtual team building is a great way to make remote teams feel more connected when they can’t physically be together and helps build stronger relationships between colleagues.
Virtual team building involves remote employees taking part in group activities, games, or challenges which are conducted online using a laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone via technology such as virtual meeting software platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
Through shared experiences, virtual team building encourages bonding and trust. Virtual team activities reduce physical separation to combat isolation and help teams work better together to foster communication, understanding, and respect. This helps form a successful team with a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness, which, in turn, benefits your business.
Benefits of Virtual Team Building
Benefits of virtual team building include:
- Strengthen relationships
- Keep employees connected
- Improve communication
- Improve teamwork and collaboration
- Boost motivation and morale
- Boost engagement
- Increase productivity and efficiency
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
- Improve employee happiness and job satisfaction
11 Best Virtual Team Building Activities
Here are ClueGo’s top 11 virtual team building activities that will strengthen your remote team.
- Virtual Quiz Show
Engage and connect remote employees with our virtual quiz show, fully hosted by one of our team building experts via Zoom.
You and your teammates will take part in a series of fun, competitive, and action-packed trivia, games, and challenges including puzzles, memory tests, multiple-choice questions, and video clips.
Simply download our app to your smartphone and play the quiz from the comfort of your own home. Our virtual quiz is the perfect way to boost morale and strengthen relationships between colleagues.
- Globe Trotters
Globe Trotters is a virtual game focused on teamwork, competition, and communication. You will travel a virtual world with your team and compete to collect all stamps for your passport. This game is fully managed by our expert host via a video call and played using our interactive app.
Teams are set a series of tasks that require a high level of investigation, information sharing, and problem-solving skills. You must crack clues related to a location you are virtually visiting, and only once you have solved the clue, you can progress to the next destination to try to be the first to travel across the globe.
- Go Remote
Go Remote is our flexible and fun virtual team building game in which you and your colleagues complete a variety of daily challenges.
Every day employees will be tasked to solve 5 challenges, including trivia questions, brainteasers, virtual reality tasks, multiple-choice, puzzles, and photo and video tasks.
Connect your team with exciting tasks for between 1-4 weeks as colleagues compete against each other to rise to the top of the live leaderboard.
Simply download the app to your smartphone and play at any time, anywhere in the world, with as many players as you need.
- Step It Up
Step It Up motivates employees to be more active and promotes a healthy way of learning. Team players will have to walk a certain distance to unlock a challenge. The app measures your steps, and when you reach your target number of steps, the next challenge is unlocked.
Step It Up can be played anywhere outdoors, which makes it the perfect game to get remote workers out of their desk chair and into the fresh air. Teams can also collaborate to reach the top of the leaderboard, which improves employee wellbeing and team engagement for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Accumulator is a virtual game designed with a focus on reading between the lines and utilising your team’s skills.
Teams work on a solution to a specific problem through solving online challenges including tasks, puzzles, and web-based investigation.
Playing via an app, your team will work together to beat the clock and earn points.
This fun, fast-paced virtual game tests a range of skills including problem solving and accurate interpretation of information.
Accumulator is a great game to motivate employees and bring remote teams together.
- Virtual Art Class
Engage your team with our interactive virtual art classes that focus on relaxation and learning through painting and drawing skills.
In 1 hour sessions held over Zoom by our expert art tutor, you will learn how to create your very own masterpiece using charcoal, pencil, and acrylic paint.
Our art classes are designed to nurture your teams’ creativity, discover your inner artist, and help staff stay positive and motivated.
- Virtual Escape Room
Our virtual escape room is an exciting online experience in which you and your team are immersed in an intense virtual experience within the criminal underground.
Scientists have created a new super weapon locked away in a secret lab. Your team’s challenge is to break into the lab, steal the chemicals, and deliver them to safety without getting locked in. You have 1 hour to complete the mission and only the best teams will succeed.
Played over a video conferencing platform such as Zoom, Teams, or Webbed using your laptop or desktop computer, we bring the excitement of a live escape room to your working from home team.
Connect with colleagues remotely and join in the action wherever you are. It’s perfect for raising morale and creating a memorable experience for the whole team.
- Company Fortunes
Company Fortunes is a virtual game show inspired by the popular quiz show Family Fortunes. Ideal for up to 60 team members, contestants take part in 60-75 minutes of hilarious online fun.
Played over Zoom or Teams, our live compere hosts as teams compete to answer everyday questions and try to guess the most popular answer. This interactive team competition is highly entertaining and packed with laughs.
- Group Fitness Class
Take a break from the desk and encourage positive health and wellbeing with our virtual fitness classes taught by expert instructors.
Choose from pilates – low-impact endurance movements aimed at core strength and muscle balance, or HIIT – high-intensity exercise designed to release tension and get the heart pumping.
Designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, our interactive fitness classes are the perfect way to help you staff stay positive, focused, and motivated. Just 30-minutes of exercise in our group fitness classes can help free teams from stress.
- Virtual Race Night
Treat your team to a night at the races with our virtual race night.
Our virtual race night is an interactive, action-packed experience. Our live host will guide you through recorded horse and novelty races, with point-based betting features keeping score of the winner.
Perfect for 20-1000 guests, this virtual team building activity lasts 60-75 minutes and is played online over Zoom or Teams, so you can take part in the fast-paced fun wherever you are.
- Online Cooking Classes
Our interactive online cooking classes are designed to help your team take time away from the desk and take a digital detox to promote mental wellbeing.
Our cooking and baking lessons are a great way to look after your mental health, calm the mind, and be more creative.
Enjoy a 1-hour session with a skilled instructor to help engage your team, learn a new skill, and celebrate with a delicious meal at the end of the class.
Book Your Free Demo
Get in touch with us today for more information about any of our virtual team building activities, or book a demo to experience our fantastic virtual games and learn more about their benefits for your remote team.