Staying cohesive while working apart is an ongoing challenge for businesses managing remote workforces for weeks on end. By now, you’ve probably ironed out many of the early technical issues that came up for your remote workers. But here’s the real key to keeping your employees engaged for the long run: remote team bonding.
At Innovative, employee morale is important to us because it impacts our ability to continually provide excellent service to our customers. During this time of working apart, we’ve come up with some great ways to help our team feel like we’re all together.
Find Inspiration From… Kids’ Party Games?
You heard that right: some of the best challenges and activities to facilitate remote team bonding are inspired by games we’ve all played as kids. In the month of April, we’ve had a talent show, a pizza party, a scavenger hunt, and even played bingo – among many other weekly activities – all in the name of feeling together while we’re apart.
What Do Games Have to Do With Remote Work Success?
At Innovative, we want to make sure our staff feels supported. Remote team bonding activities are a good reminder that even if we’re working at home, we’re still in this together and watching out for each other. A virtual happy hour goes a long way toward helping employees start conversations and get to know each other during a time when we’re practicing social distancing.
Not Sure Where to Start? Try These 4 Activities
It’s not too late to kickstart a remote team bonding routine. We’ve gotten to the point where we have a weekly team-building agenda to give employees a needed boost throughout the week. These have been our staff’s favorite activities so far:
- Scavenger Hunt. This is a quick energy booster – we took 10 minutes to find 10 items that everyone had in their homes.
- Family Feud. We played this elimination-style, where you were “out” if you didn’t guess the top answer. Last person standing wins!
- Random Acts of Kindness. This was a feel-good, family challenge completed over the weekend and submitted via email.
- Two Truths and a Lie. Good old fashioned “getting to know you” fun (pairs well with virtual happy hour).
Remote team bonding will keep your remote workers engaged, cohesive, and ultimately productive. “I think people genuinely appreciate and enjoy these activities,” said Amy Smith, Communications Coordinator, who spearheaded our remote team building activities. “We have discussed some of the outcomes during our virtual lunches and happy hours, and I believe we are growing closer through these shared experiences and funny anecdotes.”
We’ve got more ideas for remote team bonding if you need them. We’re here to support you as you work toward keeping your team together while apart. Reach out to us anytime.