What are Virtual Team Building Activities?
Games for remote teams are moral boosting events that can take place online and include participants from all over the country and worldwide.
Times are truly changing, team building and bonding is more important than ever. With an increasing number of people remote working, it’s easy for colleagues to feel less motivated and lonely.
Mental health is a huge part of society nowadays with many people already worried about long periods of working alone. Mind, the charity for better mental health, have created an article with 12 tips to support yourself and work teams.
Online virtual games for teams or individuals are an excellent opportunity to come together and communicate on a more informal basis. Think of these remote team building activities as a swap for your usual social drink after work or talkative coffee break midday.
Are There Different Remote Team Building Ideas?
Just like normal team events, our remote team games are all different to cater for every type of group. Businesses are dealing with a lot more variables nowadays, so no matter how big or small or where they are based, your team is will have challenges and games to suit.
We have short energising online activities that are perfect to motivate colleagues at the start of the day to full on problem-solving events and even a virtual CSI activity run by ex-Scotland Yard Detectives.
Top 7 Virtual Team Building Activities
7. Virtual Cocktail Making
What are the Benefits of Online Team Building Games?
The biggest benefits of using online team games is they promote inclusivity, motivation and positive mental health. For teams who are used to working closely in an office, these online ideas are a great way to bring back that sense of belonging and membership.
As mentioned above, mental health is extremely important for yourself and your employees. By putting in a plan including daily chats, face to face using software like Microsoft teams, and fun activities for remote staff then we can all help overall wellbeing.
Why Choose Funktion Events Team Building Organisers?
Event planners will definitely save you time and money, but why choose us specifically to take the reigns and organise your team outing?
Tried and trusted, Funktion Events have been trading for well over 13 years. We organise 1,000's of team building away days each year for a variety of companies. From big, global organisations to small local traders and everything in between.
Connecting Global Teams
Before the pandemic, organisations were using online games for remote teams to create a sense of teamwork and a flow of communication. This still stands today and is easier than ever with a larger variety of team activities on the market.
Boosting Mood & Outlook
It’s easy to get that sinking feeling when home alone and working. Make sure the lines of communication are open, colleagues are talking daily and people’s mental health isn’t suffering in silence through regular games and activities.
Ever heard the phrase ‘you get what you give’? If you give your employees some fun, friendly and competitive online team building games the team will become more resilient. This is especially important if your business is in an industry at risk in 2020.
Building Teamsnline Itinerary
Unlikely attributes can rear their heads in times of confusion, and you never know what team spirit can come out of remote working. Build on these feelings and instil a sense of “we’re in this together”!
Sometimes workers can feel strange and unproductive when they’re sat right next to their beds or in their living rooms. By creating daily, weekly or monthly remote team activities you give everyone something to look forward to in the work week.
Preventing People from Feeling Isolated
If you’re the event organiser it’s likely your responsibility to make sure all employees aren’t feeling isolated. This can be difficult when everyone is scattered. Make your job a little easier with a fun virtual team event.
Free Online Team Building Games Vs Paid Activities?
Since the lockdown in the UK, many articles about free online games for employee engagement sprang onto Google. You'll have access to articles boasting 25 free games or 50 free challenges. Great news, Yes!
Well, not really.
Once you start reading the games, you'll soon realise that they aren't suitable for most businesses or won't achieve the desired outcomes you'd expect from a collaborative team event. The saying you get what you pay for is 100% true when it comes to combining technology, people and events. Our virtual team activities have been tried and tested prior to being launched and ensure that engagement and motivation outcomes are achieved.
What is a Remote Worker?
Remote work allows professionals to work at home or location outside of the traditional working environment. So instead of having to travel to the office or workplace, remote workers can operate wherever they please.
The major benefit to the employee is the flexibility this provides, whereas the main benefit to the employer is the saving on workspace rent. For a more detailed explanation of remote working we found Remote Year an interesting read.
What do I need to be able to Participate in Online Team Challenges?
What devices will I need?
Virtual team games can be played using any smartphone or tablet.
Do I need a webcam?
Yes, for the best experience you need a webcam. Most smartphones, laptops and iPads come with webcams as standard.
Will I need access to the Internet or 4G?
Definitely. You will need to be able to join a video conference with your remote worker colleagues so you can join in the fun and interact together.
What video conference software do I require to have a Funktion Events virtual team building event?
We recommend Zoom. It offers the best experience and most functionality for online team building activities. See more information on Zoom here. However, if your business uses alternative video conferencing software, we should be fine to still run the challenges.
Can remote workers take part in virtual team games anywhere in the world?
Of course. That is the real benefit of virtual online games that anyone, anywhere can enjoy interacting with their remote workers. We believe that remote team building activities will be around for a long time because it is so accessible.