12 Quick Team Building Ideas and Activities to Try Out Now for Your Remote Team!

Quick Team Building Ideas for Remote Teams

Many of us have become accustomed to working from home. And while it has certain benefits (can’t beat the shorter commutes!), there are also some pretty big drawbacks.

One of them, as shown in numerous studies and surveys, is the feeling of loneliness. In addition to team chats or shared virtual coffee breaks, team building exercises and team bonding have become essential in order to prevent this from occurring. And with a little creativity, team building activities can also be a huge success for remote teams – and a lot of fun!

Let’s walk through our favorite quick team building activities that will help team morale and relationship building among the office – remote or not – in no time!

First, let’s review the basics of team building activities

What are team building activities?

Team building activities are exercises that are carried out by a team, to strengthen the relationships between its members and improve communication.

They can be quick 5 minute team building games to hours-long virtual town halls. However, in this blog post, we’ll concentrate on fast team-building exercises.

What are the benefits of quick team building exercises?

Team building games and exercises are important because they help team members communicate effectively, build relationships with other team members and allow them to develop their teamwork skills even further.

They also create:

  • Trust amongst smaller teams.
  • Can bring large teams closer together.
  • Enhance company culture.
  • Motivate employees.
  • Assist candidates with job interviews and promote more effective hiring practices.

The results of effective teamwork may be anything from improved productivity to greater employee satisfaction.

Considering all those positive aspects…Honestly, why not try for yourself?

Can I organize a remote team-building activity for a virtual team?

If you can’t arrange in-person team building events, don’t worry! The majority of team-building activities may be conducted online.

So if you’re working with a remote team, make sure to read these few quick team-building activities listed below to inspire your next event.

writing a travel bucket list on top of a map

No prep time team-building exercises

1. 10 things to do in life: The ultimate bucket list!

This game is perfect to get to know the wishes, dreams, and passions of your employees.

Each co-worker draws up a list of 10 things they really want to do in their lives and introduces them to the team.

You just never know what might happen. There may be links in terms of objectives or shared interests. Consider a scenario in which one member of the team wants to skydive, while another knows someone who has a sky diving school. It all comes down to connection.

This is a great virtual team-building exercise since it may quickly break the ice and entice team members to talk about themselves.

2. Never have I ever…

Some people may know this game as a drinking game, but of course, that wouldn’t be unsuitable for a team event. Let’s keep it light!

Luckily, you can also play it without any alcohol involved. Instead, just think that each participant has 3 virtual lives.

Whether it’s during in-person events or virtual meetings, the first step to starting this game is to ask a team member to mention something they have never done before, e.g.: “I’ve never climbed a mountaintop”.

All team members who have already done it lose one of their virtual lives. The last participant with a life left wins.

This game is suitable for close-knit teams that want to get to know each other even better. But even sworn-in teams who know each other really well can have a lot of fun here (then it will be even more exciting)!

3. Two truths and one lie

The two truths and one lie game is a well-known icebreaker. To play, each employee has to think about three stories, two of which are true and one is a lie.

Colleagues then have to guess which of the stories is the lie.

Get ready because, in this unexpectedly fun game, spectacular things about your colleagues might come to light!

Easy and quick team-building activities

4. Virtual trivia quiz

How clever is your remote team? Find out together in a virtual quiz.

Prior to your virtual meeting, create questions on topics such as general knowledge, pop culture, etc., or research trivia quiz questions on the Internet.

If you have a small group all co-workers can play for themselves. With large groups, divide your participants into two teams, or groups of 4 people and let them create their own virtual meeting room at the same time.

The quizmaster then asks the questions in the whole team conference room. The groups consult in their private room (don’t forget to turn off the micros in the team meeting room). And if you know the answer first, show up with a smiley face in the team meeting room – or just scream. Whatever is easier! 😉

At the end of the game, make sure you come up with a nice reward for the winning team with the most correct answers. Prizes are always appreciated.

5. Team member focused questions for a fun remote quiz

Trivia questions about individual employees – baring their consent of course – are also very funny.

You can ask questions like what employee’s middle name is “Hubert” or who from the team owns a cat named Mia?

Employee Bingo is also a fun twist on this team building activity.

6. PowerPoint Challenge

A lot of improvisational talent and creativity is required here.

Split your team into smaller groups and assign each team a random PowerPoint presentation found on the Internet. They’ll have to give a short presentation, without preparation, and there within lays the surprise!

These can be work topics from other departments, but presentations from completely different areas of life are particularly funny.

Have you ever heard your boss talk about the challenges of biological shrimp breeding?

word escape game under magnify glass

Creative but quick team-building games

7. Virtual scavenger hunt

As with the offline scavenger hunt, the team that is the first one to complete all the predetermined tasks wins.

You can also choose from ideas online such as finding a specific picture on Google and posting it on the virtual team meeting platform.

So that employees do not have to fumble around individually, you can number all items of the scavenger hunt in advance and a team captain can delegate them to different people. This could actually help collaboration skills as well as leadership skills.

8. Virtual Escape Game

Escape games are very popular activities for team outings. No wonder, because they promote teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills.

For a virtual version with no props, hire a virtual team building company that specializes in escape rooms.

Or if you feel like investing more time, you can definitely create your own.

Check out our blog post if you’re looking for more details about virtual escape games.

9. Draw the picture

Draw the picture is a quick team-building activity that will enhance the creative thinking and communication skills of your team members.

How does it work? One person describes with words a certain picture, while the others draw what they hear.

For virtual team-building, either you draw directly on Paint and then share your screen, or, you reach for pen and paper to finally hold the work up to the camera.

This game is a fun way of building healthy competition. It often ends up in very diverse masterpieces and can be a great way to break the ice in what may be a long boring meeting!

10. MacGyver

Great to promote creative thinking and problem solving skills, this quick team-building activity will require the entire group’s imagination and plunge them into a different setting for a few minutes.

Prior to the game, the moderator or virtual team manager determines a secret scenario with specifications. This scenario can be any disaster such as a zombie apocalypse, a sinking ship, an attack of killer bees, etc.

First, say out loud the presets, like “Take three things from your desk” or “Choose 5 items from your kitchen”.

Second, let the disaster “begin”! Inform your entire team of the context.

Then, your virtual team must now deal with it, helped by the several random objects they previously chose. They must find ways to survive the disaster and save the group!

11. Guess the artist

For this team-building event, ask the entire group to take a picture of themselves, dressed as a famous artist. Every employee then uploads a picture or video and sends it to the whole team.

Let everyone have a guess at who is the artist represented in the picture is.

This is an excellent excuse to get dressed up and a fun way to enjoy everyone’s creativity to easily build camaraderie among the team.

12. The aliens have landed

In this game, employees are divided into small groups. Aliens are landing on planet Earth and would like to know what this company is actually doing. Unfortunately, they do not speak your language.

To be able to explain themselves, the different virtual teams have to resort to image language: they have to explain the core of the company’s work by means of 5 images, symbols, graphics, etc.

Let’s see what each team has to present. You might be surprised by the creative solutions they can come up with!

The Success of Great Quick Team Building Ideas With Team Members Working From Home

In the long run, remaining innovative when planning team-building activities is critical for a successful team-building event.

As you can see, there are a lot of ideas that can be implemented for entertaining your virtual team using little effort. As well as actual-life team activities, it may take little to no preparation time, but the most essential thing is to keep your imagination mode ON!

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It’s important to include team-building activities for remote employees in your business routine today.

Be it your office staff working from home or virtual workers, having fun is always refreshing and can boost morale and motivation over time!

Moreover, these activities don’t even have to be expensive at all. We do suggest though that you invest some time brainstorming ideas that will suit your team members.

For any questions or help planning your next virtual team event, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d be happy to help you.

And remember, if you’re crunched for time, try out one of these DIY quick team building activities. Or try out a custom virtual team building experience with us! This way, you can just book and enjoy! No hassle at all :).