We’re almost 6 months into the Covid-19 Pandemic and by now, meeting online, whether for work or social reasons, has become the norm. Thankfully in today’s age, connecting virtually has never been easier. Over these months of change and uncertainty, we’ve seen that maintaining a connection between colleagues has been invaluable in keeping company wheels turning, and especially for boosting team morale.
“The biggest obstacle for remote teams is effective and inclusive online teamwork.”
“Create a virtual space to reconnect with each other.”
Our ultimate goal is to bring teams together with fun, lighthearted activities that result in team unity and fresh purpose, banishing any disconnection or demotivation that may have arisen due to teams working remotely.
Team Orange is here to help your team feel connected and energised with one or more of the following top 10 Virtual Team Building Ideas:
1. Get Motivated
A Motivational Speaker, or Life Coach can do wonders in terms of injecting fresh new energy into a company. By presenting ideas in a different way, motivational speakers can encourage a simple shift in perspective, helping to turn perceived challenges into exciting opportunities and really ramping up your team's collective motivation.
2. Get Thinking
Hosting an online Team Quiz is always a fun option for a team build as it adds a healthy dose of friendly competition. Questions can cover a wide range of subjects so that everyone has a chance to excel. This event can also be personalised with questions related to your company.
3. Get Creative
We firmly believe that tapping into our creative sides is crucial for many reasons, both in our working and personal lives. Taking part in an Online Art Class is the perfect stress-free way to relax with your colleagues while creating a piece of art you can be proud of. A professional artist will guide you through the steps, whether you have some experience, or you’re a complete beginner. Participants are also able to engage with the artist and ask any questions related to method and technique.
4. Be Entertained
If the past few months have been particularly difficult for your team, an ideal way to build positive energy is to set some time aside for light hearted entertainment. Boost those feel good endorphins with an interactive Comedian, or baffle your senses with a Magician. Or how about a Musician? Most team building activities require participants to contribute or perform in some way, so if your main goal is relaxation and enjoyment, we recommend focusing on entertaining, rather than putting pressure on anyone to engage.
5. Have Fun with Games
Even the most reserved personalities are able to let their inhibitions go and enjoy some genuine fun and laughter with an online Min it to Win it team build. This game, based on the TV show, includes a series of challenges to be completed by an individual or part of the team within a minute using ordinary household items in an extraordinary way!
6. Enjoy a Wine Down Friday
Wind down with your colleagues at the end of the week with a virtual wine pairing, hosted by a wine connoisseur. Or try your hand at cocktail making with a professional mixologist. Snacks and wine can be delivered prior to the virtual meet up for all to enjoy in their individual homes.
7. Create a Virtual Feast
Social distancing or not, food has an incredible way of bringing people together. Connect with your team during a fun, interactive Online Live Cook event, where teams get to cook a sumptuous meal alongside a Celebrity Chef in real time, using the ingredients of their signature dish. All ingredients are locally sourced and delivered to each participant’s home prior to the event. An alternative option is to source your own ingredients and follow along at your own pace. Either way, you’ll have loads of fun, and may even learn a top tip or two from the Chef.
8. Catch Up Over Coffee
Schedule a casual coffee catch up with your teammates by having cupcakes and coffee delivered to each person beforehand. Then settle in for a chilled out chat with your colleagues that doesn’t necessarily need to be about work related matters. In fact, we recommend that you take this time to discuss anything but work! This is the perfect opportunity to check in with each other, or even discover something new about one of your coworkers.
9. Step Into Character
Dress the part with an online Murder Mystery. This is another great way to let go of any inhibitions you may have and really enjoy your assigned character. All participants receive a character script and tips of what clues they can reveal or conceal to cover-up potential guilt. A professional Murder Mystery Host will guide everyone through the game to ensure that all are part of the mystery. As an optional extra, have a hamper of snacks, and even some wine, delivered to teams for them to enjoy during the event!
10. Get Puzzle Solving
Problem solving and critical thinking are invaluable skills to have, and making sure that these skills are exercised and refined is vital in the working world. A fun team build that combines both team and individual brain work ticks all the boxes. Try the online version of an Escape Room, which aims to bring the challenges of a traditional Escape Room to the comfort (and safety) of your home. Teams compete against the clock or each other to solve cryptic clues to escape in time. With an online CSI Forensics Challenge, teams piece together evidence to build a case and justify an arrest warrant proving means, motive and opportunity in a homicide case using genuine techniques.
Hosted Online Events
Team Orange have developed a collection of seriously fun online team building activities designed to connect colleagues working remotely. These creative 60 to 90 minute virtual events are all hosted by professional facilitators who will guide teams throughout the activity and of course make sure that players have a good laugh during their time away from schedules and deadlines.