Virtual team building activities to try
Office Chatroulette is coffee-break sessions where co-workers are randomly paired up to have a 30-minute chat (or shorter if you are pushed for time). As teams and departments grow and we all work from home, people can go for long periods of time without having 1-on-1 conversations with some of their colleagues.
To keep people communicating outside of standard work meetings you occasionally have to ‘force’ what would normally be a spontaneous interaction.
For this activity, you could use an app like Donut, which randomly pairs up two people in your group of employees so that they can agree a time to have a call on a platform of their choice. When it’s time for the scheduled chat, both people simply have to show up with their beverage of choice and have a chat—they don’t have to talk about work though, they can just casually hang out and talk about whatever they want.
This is a fairly quick and easy icebreaker activity that allows new team members to introduce themselves and learn more about the extended team. Each team member should be asked to share one personal photo, which is unrelated to work.
This photo may be anything and contain pets, hobbies, gadgets, or family members. Then the team member can then be asked to explain about like when and how it was taken and why they chose it. This gets people talking and learning more about eachother.
Virtual game night
Games night or quiz nights are usually enjoyed on a regular basis by many households or friendship groups. For this activity teams can choose their favourite app or online-based games and play them together whilst on Zoom/Skype/Teams. This is more casual but is a fun way to get everyone competing against each other whilst having some fun.
Alternatively, you could host a quiz night or get each team member to create their own round. This gets brains working but also gives everyone a chance to be more directly involved.