9 Team Building Ideas for Remote Teams

9 Team Building Ideas for Remote Teams

Telecommuting has made it possible for people to work from home or from offices around the world. This has provided companies with the workforce needed to succeed, and has made it possible to hire experienced professionals from around the world.

But this new style of employment has also presented a whole new set of challenges, one of which is team cohesion. With team members located around the city, country, or continent, it can be difficult to build a healthy ‘team culture’.

The remote locations of each member will make it difficult to promote “team spirit”, which is why it’s vital to engage in team building exercises. Below, we’ve gathered a list of a few excellent team building ideas for remote teams.

These remote team building ideas will help you to promote better cohesion among your members, leading to better productivity and increased success overall!


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Get to Know Me

If you get to know more about your team members, it will encourage a happier, more cohesive team culture!

What you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • Have each person take the time to write down 10 important facts about themselves and their families. They can also gather a few pictures of their spouse, kids, siblings, parents, childhood and so on.

Group Size:

  • This can work in a group of any size. Take note, however: the larger the group, the more time it will take to get to everyone.
  • Option: Have one person take a turn at each of your meetings. This spotlight on that person and their personal life will help the members of the team get to know each other without taking up too much of your time.

The Activity:

  • Present the 10 important facts about yourself to the other members of the team. Everyone is welcome to comment and chat for a few minutes. Share the pictures of your family and life. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other.

Total Time:

  • Spend 10 to 15 minutes per person, giving everyone a chance to share a bit about themselves.

Objective:

  • By getting to know more about the people you’re working with, you can have a better understanding of the people that make up your team.

Virtual Office Tour

Not everyone works from home. Some people work at a coffee shop, a remote office, or even in the company headquarters. Giving other team members a tour of the office will give them a visual of where you work.

What you’ll need:

  • A computer with webcam
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • Let the team members know in advance that they will be giving a short virtual tour of their workspace (via their webcam). This will give them time to spruce up their workspace.

Group Size:

  • The activity works for a group of any size. Each person can keep the virtual tour of their workspace short.

The Activity:

  • Using a webcam, have each member of the team show off their workspace–at home, at a coffee shop, at the headquarters or remote office, etc. Each member can take the team on a virtual tour of the place where they work.

Total Time:

  • This will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes per person.

Objective:

  • This is a fun little activity that will give you a glimpse into each person’s work habits, personality, and preferences. It’s a great way to get to know them!

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Coffee Meet-Up

It’s always nice to grab a coffee with teammates, but what if you can’t do that in person? Thanks to the Internet, you can still enjoy coffee together!

What you’ll need:

  • A  coffee shop chain (of your choice)
  • Computers with webcam
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • Before setting up the team event, send your remote workers a gift card to the coffee shop of their choice. Make sure all of the gift cards have arrived before the date of the event.

Group Size:

  • This activity can work with groups of any size, though be certain your budget can accommodate a cup of coffee (and/or snack) for all of your remote workers.

The Activity:

  • Have everyone arrive at the coffee shop early and order the coffee, tea, frappe, iced tea, or snack of their choice. When the time for the meeting arrives, everyone can share their coffee order and spend time chatting over a cup of coffee.

Total Time:

  • You can make the event as long or short as you want–usually 30 to 60 minutes is a good time frame. It’s an informal “hang out” event.

Objective:

  • Spend time bonding together over someone everyone loves: tea or coffee. For employees who work from home, it can be a nice way to get out of the house

Decorate My Workspace

Who doesn’t want to work in a beautiful environment? This competition is one of the best team building ideas for remote teams, and a chance to see who can decorate their workspace as creatively as possible.

What you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • One month before the event, send out an email notice with all the details of the contest. Make sure everyone has advanced notice and plenty of time to decorate.

Group Size:

  • This activity works with groups of any size.

The Activity:

  • All of the team members are to decorate their workspaces as creatively as possible. You can set a budget limit or let team members decorate as desired. Give everyone a chance to show off their creative workspace, and vote on which workspace is the “best”. Have a simple prize for the winner: cash, gift cards, etc.

Total Time:

  • Members can spend hours decorating their workspace, but they will only need three to five minutes to show off their handiwork. Depending on the number of team members and the voting process, the event can last from 30 minutes to two hours.

Objective:

  • This is a fun activity that will help team members get to know each other, as well as challenge themselves to be creative and think outside the box.

 


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Monthly Chat

You don’t have to schedule a big “event”, but just have an hour or so set each month for team members to chat and get to know each other.

What you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • Set a certain day of the month for an informal meeting. There is no agenda or preparation needed–everyone simply shows up for some interaction.

Group Size:

  • Try to keep the group size to no more than 6-10. Too large a group, and the conversations can devolve into confusion.

The Activity:

  • Talk about whatever strikes your interest: sports, weather, politics, personal interests, hobbies, passion projects, etc. There is no moderator needed, but everyone can talk about whatever they want.

Total Time:

  • You don’t need more than 30 to 60 minutes for this activity. Do this on a monthly basis, and you’ll get to know your teammates better.

Objective:

  • You can’t only talk about work! This exercise is the “chat around the watercooler” that enables your remote workers to make friends and build relationships with fellow employees.

Virtual Charades

This is a classic party game that can be great for team-building and problem solving. It may seem silly at first, but it can be one of the most enjoyable team building ideas for remote teams!

What you’ll need:

  • A computer with webcam
  • Video conferencing software
  • Space to move around

Set Up:

  • Beforehand, take a few minutes to jot down ideas for the people to act out during the game. The ideas can be as simple or complex, personal or professional as you want.

Group Size:

  • To give everyone a chance to play, keep the group between 6 and 16 people.

The Activity:

  • Divide everyone into two teams. Give everyone a chance to act out a word, action, or concept for their team to guess.

Total Time:

  • Depending on the number of people, this game can last from 30 to 90 minutes.

Objective:

  • Unwind, laugh, and have fun with the other members of your team. Engage in non-work-related activities that will promote bonding.

team building ideas for remote teams

Write a Story

Get creative and give each person a chance to exercise their writing skills!

What you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • Group chat

Set Up:

  • No set-up needed.

Group Size:

  • This works with a group of any size–in many cases, the more the merrier!

The Activity:

  • Type an opening sentence to a new story. Take turns (alphabetically) to add a single sentence or paragraph to the story, and see where your team takes it. Go around as many times as it takes to complete the story.

Total Time:

  • Depending on the number of people and the number of rounds, it can take 30 to 60 minutes.

Objective:

  • Exercise creativity, engage in storytelling, and join together to come up with something enjoyable.

What Matters to Me

Find out what is truly important to each member of your team and learn a little bit more about what makes them tick!

What you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • Video conferencing software

Set Up:

  • Have each person write down the FIVE most important things in their professional lives. It can be personality traits, characteristics of a good team, elements of the company, etc.

Group Size:

  • This works with a group of any size.

The Activity:

  • Give each person a chance to share the things that are most important to them professionally. Find out what makes each person tick and learn more about their preferences, foibles, strengths, and work habits.

Total Time:

  • Depending on the number of people, this activity can last from 15 to 60 minutes.

Objective:

  • Get to know each person and understand what matters to them in their professional lives.

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Meet in Person

Sometimes, remote meetings just won’t cut it! If it’s possible, get everyone to meet up for a company event or away day.

What you’ll need:

  • Funds to cover travel expenses

Set Up:

  • Get approval from your company to cover a certain amount of travel expenses for your remote employees. (If some work out of country, it may be too pricey to fly them in for the event unless they help to cover the cost.) You’ll need to cover travel, room and board, and other expenses for the duration of the event.

Group Size:

  • Smaller groups are more affordable. If possible, try to organize meet-ups according to location (city, country, continent).

The Activity:

  • Have team members meet up at one location for a day/weekend of fun. Set up a company retreat, plan an active weekend, or have a day of fun and games.

Total Time:

  • The event can last for a few hours, all day, or even all weekend long.

Objective:

  • Meet each other in person, and give team members time for face-to-face interaction as well as team-building activities at a physical location.

 


Yes, building a team culture can be difficult if your employees work remotely, but that’s where these team building ideas for remote teams come in handy. The remote team building ideas will give you a chance to interact with others on your team and get to know them better.

Want to know more creative ways to bond as a team with your remote workers? Eventwise has many interactive online games to enhance team culture and promote a healthy bond as people and professionals.

Got any more team building ideas for remote teams for us to try out? Leave a comment below and let us know, or tell us what you thought of our ideas…

 

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