I love office parties – they’re a rite observed by nearly every company, and are a fantastic opportunity to get to know one another. Maybe it’s the holidays, or a new project just finished its last sprint. Whatever the cause, it’s essential that you get your virtual team members involved. And when you leverage technology the right way, you can bring your remote colleagues into the fold with some fun, engaging, relationship-building games.
As Lauren Hamer from ezCater writes, two essential pieces of the tech puzzle are a solid video-conferencing solution such as Skype, and a room with a projector and screen large enough to really showcase team members who are participating remotely. Then, let the fun begin!
Great Virtual Team Games
- Little-Known FactsHave everyone share a fun, obscure fact about themselves with you. Then, have everyone try to match the fact to the right person – you can even have prizes handy for great guesswork!
- Best Workspace CompetitionShare photos of everyone’s desk and working environment to see who has the most Instagram-worthy office. It’s a great way to get your team to really take ownership of their space and engage in a bit of friendly one-upmanship.
- TriviaTrivia contests were made for virtual teams – they’re a great way to let everyone show off their passion and knowledge about topics beyond those handy Excel shortcuts everyone always asks them about.
The Virtual Takeaway
Add some structure to your office party with some great interactive games that give everyone a chance to show their personality and get to know each other better. The closeness they develop will translate into stronger working relationships for improved communication and higher performance going forward.
If communication is an issue on your team, contact me for a virtual team assessment to get a better handle on what makes your team tick, and how you can get it to ‘talk’ instead.
Interested in learning how to transition your face-to-face learning to live on-line learning? Virtual training can be just as effective and less costly than the in-person model.
~ Claire Sookman, founder and president, Virtual Team Builders