12 Online Team Building Ideas for Remote Companies
Summer is the traditional time for team building and corporate outings. But not the summer of 2021, with its restrictions on events and distance as the norm in corporate life.
Many companies have left their employees to work from home after the end of self-isolation and do not plan to meet the team in person anytime soon. At the same time, the tasks of forming a corporate culture, team building, and increasing personnel involvement have not gone anywhere. And they will have to be solved in the same way as other work issues – in an online format
We’ve rounded up 12 corporate team-building mechanics online in this roundup with specific use cases.
Tim coffee, joint meditations or master classes
This is the easiest online team-building option that does not require large investments. In fact, this is an online analog of communication “at the cooler”. Time for meaningless conversations on non-working topics in the zoom over a cup of coffee.
Zoom flash mobs and challenges
A slightly more complex option. Employees are not just going to have a zoom chat. Together they go through some kind of challenge and share the results, motivating each other.
There is little that contributes to the unity of people as joint creativity. You can also create online – draw general digital pictures or even stage an online performance.
Such a mechanic is offered, for example, by the TeamBelki agency. The solution is called “Theater on the Sofa” and involves the active involvement of all participants in the creative process.
Quiz, trivia, and other intellectual fights
Team quizzes and various “Brain slaughterhouses” have taken root well in the online format. This format requires a slightly more complex technical solution with the ability to split into groups and communicate in a closed group chat, and then go to the general chat with a response.
The Online Teambuilding project team is making a good example of this type of online teambuilding. The mechanic is called “Your Game” and allows you to conduct non-linear quizzes with a choice of questions.
A separate subtype of the quiz is the dating quiz. Here the goal is not in an intellectual or creative competition but in the participants’ recognition of each other.
An example of teambuilding in this genre is the “Recognizing” game from the team of the same name. The presenter takes turns taking the participants on the air and asking questions, while the other participants try to guess how the hero will answer.
Quiz is aimed at ensuring that employees get to know each other not only from the working side, get inspired by each other, and build closer informal ties.
Massively multiplayer online escape games
Massively multiplayer online escape games can be a great platform for team building. Now there are many specialized games tailored for team building. These can be online quests where participants are looking for a way out by solving a series of riddles. The second option is simulation games. A good example of the latter is Innosphere by ISG agency – building a brave new world together.
VR and AR games
A subtype of multiplayer games that deserves special mention, games in VR or with augmented reality. And these are not necessarily expensive solutions.
An example of a budget AR team game is the spaceteam.ca app. Participants become the team of a spaceship in distress. Their salvation depends on how quickly and synchronously they act. And to act often means shaking or rotating a smartphone or something like that.
Voice Quests (“Talking Games”)
You can play games and complete escape quests without special digital products. Voice quests in Zoom allow you to get no fewer emotions, especially if they are well prepared, and are conducted by a charismatic presenter with the involvement of professional actors in supporting roles.
An example of teambuilding in this genre is the Text game from the team of the Umlaut agency with an interesting non-trivial plot and an unexpected denouement.
To conduct a high-quality online escape room quest, a simple zoom call will no longer be enough. This requires a specialized platform where participants will receive assignments and pass on solutions.
Online escape quests are developed for each specific company and task, but there are also ready-made solutions that can be quickly adapted, for example, the online escape quest “The Martian” from the Dr. Team agency with interesting mechanics and a well-thought-out plot.
Escape Quests of the “Avatar” format
In this genre of team building, actors – “avatars” walk around the city or a specialized location, carrying out commands given to them by online game participants. The goal of the game is the same as in most team quests – to agree on a common strategy and act harmoniously, and the involvement of a live actor adds charisma and humor to the game.
Online escape games with a chatbot
A separate subspecies of online escape games are quests with chatbots. The platform for the game is Telegram, where teams receive tasks and send answers, and zoom serves for informal communication between participants in the process.
An example of team building in this genre is the Activation game from the Night Street team.
Various business games, for example, the popular “management fights” are also well transferred online. Participants jointly solve real business cases, and then vote for their favorite solutions with “game currency”. This mechanic allows you to work out knowledge in the form of a game and often complements the training course.
Another genre of online team building is communication games. Here the participants are required to find the right people, negotiate, intrigue and spy. An example of team building in this genre is the game “Winter is Coming” from the Dr. Team. In the setting of a popular series, participants must achieve their goals through competently built communication with other players.
In an offline format, this game involved the active movement of players between tables. Moving online occurs between chats. This format requires the presence of its own virtual platform with wide functionality for communication – the ability to write private messages and communicate in closed group chats.
The choice of a virtual site depends on the mechanics of online team building. For which formats will corporately ZOOM be enough, and for some, a specialized platform for online events will be needed.
What else is important to consider when planning an online team building, read the article – how to conduct an effective corporate event online.
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