Spirit Week 101: How to bring your work team closer together with our 17 virtual spirit week ideas!

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Colors everywhere, activities and cohesion games, theme days and costumes… Yes, no doubt, today we will talk about Spirit Week!

Inspired by high school traditions, more and more companies have now incorporated a spirit week at the office or, more recently, virtual spirit weeks for those many teams who work from home.

Virtual spirit week is indeed a great way to strengthen your team spirit and increase cohesion, motivation and engagement in a fun way for everyone, even online!

With an important role in virtual teams’ cohesion, they actually really help the “newbies” get into an office environment, learn about the company culture and bring your remote company closer together.

If you’re looking for spirit week ideas to integrate into your workplace, then this blog post is for you. We have compiled our top 17 virtual spirit week ideas that will bring your team closer together!

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When Office Spirit Weeks get inspired by Schools traditions

What’s a spirit week in the office?

Spirit weeks are most often anchored in the high school spirit week tradition. They are composed of 5 business days or all 7 days, during which teams, departments or companies get together for some spirit-raising activities, themed days, funny games and friendly competitions to build cohesion and bring their group closer together.

What’s a virtual spirit week?

Virtual spirit weeks are organized online spirit days made for remote teams.

In this online version, most of the time, spirit week activities are not as competitive as the classical ones, but could be more playful, to get remote workers involved and allow them to meet in the virtual space!

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You may remember spirit weeks from your days at school. It’s time to relive them at work!

What are the origins of Spirit Week?

Originally, Spirit Week is a popular tradition in many schools across the US – middle school, high school, college – where kids show their school spirit by dressing up in costumes on different days of the week.

Offering assistance to new students via spirit week during the beginning of the school year is a great way to incorporate them into their school’s culture.

For example, it might involve giving badges or pins as rewards for participation and allowing them to continue wearing these through the remainder of the year.

They have now been adapted to the business environment in which corporate culture is highlighted during remote work weeks or company retreats.

Why do schools have spirit days?

Schools have always recognized the value of Spirit Days, as it builds community and encourage participation.

Spirit days are also very important for students who have difficulty fitting in at first or who have an outgoing personality because spirit days allow them to feel more accepted and comfortable in their respective environment.

What are some school spirit ideas?

Many school spirit day ideas from high school or college can inspire your next spirit event to bring your remote team closer together such:

  • as dress up days
  • wear the school colors
  • organize spirit days quizzes
  • sport competitions
  • food-theme days and more!

The organization and benefits of office Virtual Spirit Weeks

How to make a successful Spirit week?

The best virtual and in-person spirit weeks feature a variety of activities that allow people to express themselves in different ways.

For example, some people might be more introverted than others while still being passionate about their work or company culture. Some teams may enjoy competitive spirit week games while others prefer cooperative ones.

And there’s no one right way to do spirit-week activities – the goal is just to have everyone feeling like they’re part of something special and getting along with each other at the end of it all!

What are the benefits of Spirit weeks?

Organizing office spirit weeks have many advantages for your team.

First, they develop a strong team spirit and sense of belonging thanks to all of the games, the similar disguises or outfits worn and the many activities that involve collaboration.

Sharing those experiences, participants will obviously get to know each other better, the personalities or hobbies of the other team members and might create closer relationships with some.

Finally, spirit weeks allow companies to show and teach the company culture to the employees so that the full team can walk towards the same direction and share the same values.

Why is spirit week a great idea for remote teams?

For remote teams, virtual spirit weeks are great as they are a low-budget and an easy way to bring your team closer together.

They help remote teams be more united – especially the ones spread all over the world – and simply make them have fun together!

Pro tip: When your remote team gets back to work after holidays and distractions like summer or winter vacations, virtual spirit week can have the important purpose to refocus the minds over work. This is usually a great time to organize it.

What are some good spirit week ideas?

Some good spirit week ideas can be sportive activities, outside activities, wearing special attires for special theme days, creative activities and much more.

Read on to discover our best ideas for an entertaining virtual spirit week!

Energizing and Sportive Ideas for spirit week activities

Here are some spirit week ideas that we can try to energize your team and make the office environment more fun and engaging for everyone.

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Help your employees stay in shape while working from home with a “Wednesday Workout” theme day.

1. Have a “Wednesday Workout” Day

For Wednesday Workout – or any other day of the week – you can incite your group to wear their sporting outfit and make them sweat…

Organize a few virtual meetings throughout the day, animated by professional coaches and offer your employee to connect to any session they want.

Zumba, yoga, boxing, fitness, anything that can be done at home!

Pro tip: Make sure to send the program beforehand so they can plan their day accordingly.

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Cheering on your favorite teams and showing you team pride is a great way to get employees to bond.

2. Have a Sports Fan Day

Wear your favorite sports team jersey, show your colors and organize a game-day watch party whether it is NFL, NBA or other!

You could also organize different virtual rooms if there are several games to follow that day and let the team members enter the one that will excite them!

3. Have a “Virtual Office Olympics” Day

One of the great Spirit week ideas is the Virtual Office Olympics!

Split the full group into small teams and attribute them a color. They will have to be dressed with a solid color tee shirt the day of the Olympics. Organize a set of small virtual games and keep track of the points won by each team on a board.

The activities and games can include a virtual scavenger hunt, a typing race, an online word jumble or Scattergories for instance. {LINKS}

Pro tip: Don’t forget the opening and closing ceremonies!

4. Organize Virtual Office Games

If you don’t want to go as far as the Virtual Office Olympics, you could organize the games named above in a more casual way and introduce them within specific theme days. In this case, make sure to adapt the game to the theme too!

Other ideas might include a virtual bingo or an online version of “I spy” based on the attendees’ video.

For more ideas, make sure to check our blog post on 19 fun games to play on FaceTime.

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Those who like to dress up – LOVE to dress up!

Pop-culture Theme Dress up Days Ideas and Activities

1. Have a “Dress Like your Favorite TV Character” Day

For the first one of our dress up day ideas, ask your team to dress like their favorite TV character from a TV show, book or movie. Learn a little more about their tastes and culture through their costume!

Pro tip: Bring those to life by organizing a virtual Netflix watch party after work!

2. Have a “Dress Up Like an 80’s Icon” Day

If you’re having spirit week at work and want to have it remembered for a long time, have a spirit week themed day based on the 80’s – or of your favorite decade!

Make sure to organize virtual meetings throughout the day so that everyone can show off in their costume with a background of music or movies from those years!

3. Have a “Dress Up as a Rock Star” Day

Rock on spirit week! Enjoy rocking with spirit during your next virtual company retreat or spirit days.

Ask your group to pick their favorite rock star costume, leather and black boots a must and bring the company spirit to life – or well… to hell!

To enhance that theme on a virtual concept, you could actually make the attendees participate in a rock and roll concert if some of them play an instrument. It would be incredible, until the next in-person spirit week rock concert of course.

4. Have a Duo Day

Batman and Robin, Homer and Marge, Han Solo and Chewie… You name it!

Whatever vigilante pair you can think of, use this spirit day to ask your team to dress up as a duo from movies, TV shows or books.

This will tighten relationships between pairs in a very fun way!

Easy dress-up and Theme Day Ideas

Here are some easy theme ideas that do not require a lot of preparation time for the attendees. Those are ideal to encourage employees to participate if you feel they don’t adhere to the company spirit week.

1. Have a Twin Day

Partner your team members in pairs of two and make them live the same day. They will have to attend the same meetings, dress up the same way, stay connected all day to get to bond a bit more.

You can either let them decide on the pairs or pick them yourself to mix-up the group, your choice!

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Take wacky hair day to the next level and color coordinate everything!

2. Have a Wacky Hair Day

An easy idea to animate your week and that can be appreciated through video conference is the Wacky Hair day.

Ask your coworkers to put on a crazy hair style or a crazy hat and let them surprise everyone with their creativity.

Color hair sprays, figurines, twists, clippers… Anything is allowed!

To encourage people to participate, you can organize a contest on the company’s internal social channel where everyone can post a picture of their hairdo and vote for the one they prefer!

3. Have a Tie Dye Day

Another spirit week themed day that is perfect for the summer season if you want to play with colors, is the Tie and Dye costume theme.

If you can’t have your spirit week days on the beach or by the pool, then this one will teleport you to vacation time with an ounce of hippie vibe.

Pro tip: Prior to the virtual event, send your employees company tie-dye tee-shirts so that they can also represent the company’s colors during their days off!

4. Have a Pyjama Day

A fun spirit week themed day that perfectly fits the team working from home is Pyjama Day.

Make your team wear their un-fanciest pyjamas and connect for a common breakfast meeting to start the day sharing coffees and pancakes!

Don’t get too surprised to see some people actually wearing this after the spirit week… You too know that it’s so comfy to work from home in pjs!

5. Have a “Dress Up as Your Company’s Product” Day

Bonus theme day – a bit more complicated but totally worth it!

Ask each teammate to dress up like one of the company’s products or services.

This themed spirit day is perfect for having a bit of fun while investigating the catalogue of your company!

Sure, commercials or designers have a great idea of the products the company delivers, but that might not be the case for everyone.

This day can actually help employees get to know the offer better while having fun!

Creative virtual spirit week activities

1. Have a “Draw for Our New Office Space” Day

While we are at home, we have plenty of time to realize what were the pros and cons of the office space. Our cozy and welcoming spaces might actually be inspirational for redesigning the workplace.

Challenge your team with a brainstorm session on what way they would like to see the office redesigned to when they come back to the office.

Make someone draw a plan while everyone gives suggestions for a new office building or space you’d like to work in! This activity links collaboration, work spirit and engages employees to take part in the company life.

Now, take those ideas into consideration and keep it a surprise for when they come back to the office!

2. Create a Team Photo Album

Make it easy for your teammates who may be scattered across the globe by having everyone post pictures of themselves in spirit wear or with props from their country.

You can also create a shared album on Facebook or an internal Instagram account where people can see what everybody has been up to! This will allow remote workers to feel connected and in touch with their team.

3. Organize an Outdoor Spirit Day

When working from home, it’s sometimes difficult to disconnect and just get some fresh air. Give your team this opportunity to work from their garden or in a public park.

Stay calm, their Wifi might be tricky sometimes, but a little distance will do good to their mind. End the day the right way with a small virtual after work outside beer! Or a wine and cheese party!

4. Host a Virtual Spirit Week Party

Consider hosting a spirit week party if you’re feeling ambitious! It’s usually a great way to end the week. It might be just a gathering with all the team on Friday night or organize a special virtual event or activity.

If you are looking for something different, make sure to check our virtual party in Paris, made for your team to bond, laugh and learn!

We hope you enjoyed those ideas and will be willing to try some!

Remember, having a spirit week once a year is amazing, but make sure to make it an ongoing thing by including activities, games, gatherings throughout the whole year. This is the key to keep your team happy, excited and engaged!

Let us know how spirit week goes for your remote team and if you came up with your own ideas, we’d love to hear them!

If this post was useful for your event, make sure to tag us on your Social Media posts if you share the activities and themes you picked, so we can give it a look!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make this year’s spirit week the best one yet!

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