Top 5 ideas for remote team bonding
How to make time for your team away from the office.
Building virtual relationships can be difficult, so we’ve gathered together some timely inspiration to keep you and your colleagues a close-knit group…
Chat over a coffee break
Most of our strongest work relationships are forged during unplanned encounters between meetings and deadlines. Luckily, the quick chats and catch-ups can easily be replicated online. A video call is the perfect opportunity for those who socialise best in a one-on-one situation to see a friendly face. Why not try taking your next caffeine break with added company?
Compete in a virtual pub quiz
The pubs may be closed but the public’s thirst for a traditional quiz is certainly still there. If there isn’t a willing quiz master amongst you (we’d be very surprised), there are a host of ready-made quizzes you can download with picture rounds, cryptic questions and music trivia all included. Divide your colleagues into teams and let the games begin over a conference call – and remember, competition is good for business and team morale.
Start an online book club
Literature lovers have found themselves with more time to curl up with a book but fewer opportunities to meet with like-minded bookworms. An online book club lets your colleagues share a common interest while bringing the team together. Decide on your next book over email and set a time to discuss your thoughts over a video call. Do it properly and your new arrangement could last well beyond lockdown.
Show and tell
Take a leaf out of the schools’ books and learn about your colleagues, by giving them a platform to present an item and take questions from your team. You could even try different themes to get the ball rolling – something you’re proud of or perhaps a souvenir with sentimental value. Send a list of prompts and wait for the unusual anecdotes to roll in…
Work together for shared storytelling
Shared storytelling is a great way to combine creativity and co-operation. The concept is simple; ask a member of staff to come up with a sentence then hand over to another team member for the next dose of prose. Keep the chain going for as long as possible for a tale with more plot twists than a Netflix binge.