If you’re still working remotely, there’s a chance you’re missing your co-workers just a bit. Or maybe you’re just tired of the usual day-in-day-out of virtual meetings? Working from home can get pretty banal, and virtual meetings can start to feel stale.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to spice it up. We’re talking about team bonding activities to kick back with your team. It's time to turn productivity down and refresh the bond between you and your co-workers. Instead of going over reports in your next meeting consider…
Virtual Happy Hour:
This is the easiest and most popular way to build camaraderie amongst your team. In the before times, an occasional evening on the town with your co-workers was the perfect way to loosen up and converse with your buddies.
Tell your team to knock off an hour early and have their favorite drink ready. Invite everyone to chill for as long as they want. This is a great way to laugh about life, share stories, and just spend time talking about something that isn’t work.
Bucket List Challenge:
Do you have a bucket list? A list of everything you want to do in life? It’s time for you and your co-workers to get started on your goals. Start by requesting each co-worker compile a bucket list of at least 5 things they want to complete before the end of their life.
Instead of discussing business goals and spreadsheets, your next meeting is about making a plan to complete your bucket lists. This is a time for you to discuss and compare goals, and maybe even steal a few ideas. It doesn’t stop there, however. You and your co-workers will make a comprehensive plan to complete all of your goals. You’ll also be holding one another accountable on completing these goals. Revisit the challenge every few weeks to see how everyone is doing on achieving their goals.
Alright, it’s time to really break the ice. Who doesn’t love a trivia challenge? Put together a list of questions for your team to tackle. Even better, break everyone up into separate groups to up the competition.
The great thing about a trivia contest is how broad your range of questions can be. Be sure to include questions about the company, as well as pop culture, sports, history, and other areas that your co-workers may be particularly interested in. Be sure to set up a reward for the winning team. A half-day of work, an Amazon gift card, or dinner on the company card are a great way to get those competitive juices flowing.
Two Truths and a Lie:
This is a classic party game and might be perfect if your happy hour is currently flagging a bit. It couldn’t be simpler. Each team member must tell two truths and one lie about themselves. It’s the job of the rest of your team to guess what stories are true and which are lies.
This is a fun team building activity because it encourages team members to pay close attention to the behavior and traits of their colleagues. It’ll also open up some great conversational paths and anecdotes to help everyone get to know each other a bit better.
What do you have in common with your co-workers, aside from the fact that you all work for the same company? There are probably more things than you think. Divide your team into smaller groups and ask them to brainstorm with each other for ten minutes. In those ten minutes, they’ll need to come up with as many things as possible that they have in common with one another.
This is a particularly effective team-building strategy because it encourages the teams to let down their guard and ask for more detailed information about one another. The time limit means they have to think fast to answer as many questions as possible. At the end of the time limit, the team with the most things in common wins. They’ll share these lists with the rest of the teams to ensure honesty and spread the sharing even further. How you reward the winner is up to you!