The global pandemic has forced businesses owners to switch to remote work. The number of remote workers globally is set to double in 2021, according to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR).
Remote work, coupled with the pandemic, can have a tremendous impact on mental health and productivity. Those workplace traditions which kept us together are gone now: shared lunch breaks, conversations in front of the coffee machine, drinks after leaving the office – all put on hold for the foreseeable future.
What can you do? One option is team building games for remote workers. They’re an excellent way to keep workers motivated, engaged and proactive while working from home.
We’ve found five engaging games for team building that we think remote employees will enjoy and they will stay connected while social distancing.
Establishing a quiz as an icebreaker between departments is an excellent way to develop your team’s social interactions despite being far away from each other.
You can prepare questions related to sports, politics, geography, or many other topics to test how much your employees know. One good quiz tool is myQuiz, which offers a free plan that supports up to 25 players per game.
The scavenger hunt is a classic game, but it works surprisingly well as a virtual activity. You can host a scavenger hunt over the online video meeting software of your choice and – depending on how long you want the activity to last – you can make it as simple or as difficult as you like.
Do you want to test the drawing skills of your team? This online game is a drawing version of the traditional broken telephone game. You will have to communicate a word only using drawings.
The plot is the same as the broken phone game but drawing; players take turns drawing pictures then the next player will try to guess what the word that the drawing is trying to depict.
If you guess right, nothing happens. However, if you guess wrong, you ruin the chain of drawings, and you will laugh with your colleagues about the results.
It is a fun and extraordinary way to get to know each other within the same company. Also, it’s a great icebreaker for new hire joins to introduce themselves in a different way.
Does your remote team know each other well? This classic guessing game translates very well to a video conference. Every team has to share three statements about themselves: two are truths and one is a lie.
You can play a lockdown edition with your colleagues. You will need just a Zoom or video call meeting. What your teammates did or didn’t do while working from home? “I eat my breakfast when I start working”, “I take naps during my working hours”, “I watch the tv during the standup meeting”.