Bring Your Remote Team Together: 10 Virtual Team Building Activities

Love them or hate them, team-building exercises work! They are an essential ingredient to a well-bonded team. Giving your team a way to let their hair down while working together to solve problems creatively can help them learn and get to know each other in a fun way. It also gives you, as a leader, the opportunity to gauge team performance and team effectiveness in a fresh and relaxed way. It’s like one big casual team assessment.

But how do you do that when every one is bound to working remotely and virtually? 

You get creative.

Just because you can’t all meet together doesn’t mean you have to scrap team building altogether. In fact, you should make it a priority. You can still create an opportunity to connect, learn, bond, and bridge the emotional distance while assessing your team’s performance and effectiveness with some fun virtual activities. 

Here are a few to get you started.

 

1. Break the Ice

While everyone is getting more comfortable using virtual meeting platforms like Zoom and Google Meet, it can still feel awkward. Reserving the first 10 minutes of your meeting or call to play a few icebreaker games is a great way to energize your team and put them at ease. 

Try this: Rapid-fire random questions. Give each participant 30 seconds to answer a random question. Here’s a helpful list of icebreaker questions and a question generator to get you started. 

 

2. Play Team Games

Setting aside time to play a few games can break up a long workday or be a nice treat after a long week. You can adapt many long-time favourites like charades, Pictionary, and Scategories to a virtual setting. 

Try this: Skribbl.io is the online version of Pictionary. Each player gets 80 seconds to draw a word while the rest of the players guess what they’re drawing. Or try virtual bingo. You can print up free Bingo cards here.

 

3. Have a Scavenger Hunt 

Shake things up with some healthy competition by playing an online scavenger hunt. Create a list of easy, challenging, and weird stuff for your team to find around the house. It will get everyone moving and a sure way to get some laughs.

Try this: Go completely virtual by using a scavenger hunt app. Here’s a list of 14 different ones you can try. 

 

4. Virtual Escape Room

Give your team a chance to interact in a creative way that will encourage them to problem-solve together. A Virtual Escape room encourages collaboration, patience, and a lot of creative problem-solving. 

Try this: Bring the escape room experience to your team virtually with Remote Adventures.

 

5. Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Keep your team healthy and sharpen your goal setting with a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. Pick an activity or food habit to do daily for a month and reward those who follow through. Start easy and then slowly increase the difficulty of the challenge.

Try this: Track everyone’s progress with this free Healthy Habits Tracking chart.

 

6. Virtual Murder Mystery

Kick things up a notch and plan a Virtual Murder Mystery party. Encourage your team to have fun with their character with a costume and props. Set aside a special day to play and end the game with some socializing over snacks. 

Try this: Use the Murder Mystery Co to plan your interactive party. They do all the work, so you can just show up and play!

7. Guess The Baby

Do you know who the members of your team were before you all started working together? Probably not! Playing Who da Baby is an interesting way to get to know your team in a whole new light.

Try this: Get everyone to submit a baby picture of themselves between the ages of 2-3. Put the images in a shared google folder or dropbox and have everyone guess Who da Baby is. 

 

8. Virtual Team Trivia

Another way to boost healthy competition with your team is to play online trivia. Challenge everyone to think fast and intelligently answer as many questions as they can. 

Try this: Get fancy and organize a fully hosted Virtual Pub Trivia party for your team. Complete with a host and quality trivia questions, you will be free to enjoy. 

 

9. Online Fundraiser

Nothing brings a team together in a more meaningful way than joining together and supporting a worthy cause. Choose to support a charity or cause together that resonates with all of you, and everyone feels connected to.

Try this: If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 14 creative virtual fundraising ideas to consider. 

 

10. Team Assessments

Assign your team members one of our team-building assessments to complete and work through our free workbook to identify team strengths and differences. 

Team building is a necessary element to developing a well-connected, synergistic team that functions well together. Keep building your team with creative online solutions. 

Want to take your team building one step further? 

Request your free workbook for another great team-building exercise.

 

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Different By Design Event Overview

quirky coupleThink about it: Did you marry someone very different from you? Differences impact all areas of your marriage, from communication to parenting strategies, from spending to saving. God intends for these differences to unite two spouses, not divide them … for spouses to live as one, not two. The problem is that is until now, couples have not had a simple way to understand each others’ unique strengths to build a meaningful oneness in marriage.

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Different By Design event equips Christian couples like you to take this step – to discover and use your God-given strengths in your marriage, to value your spouse’s strengths, and to blend. Your day will be filled with insightful teaching, experiential exercises, and meaningful discussions that will strengthen your marriage relationship.

What Couples Will Learn

Every couple faces four inescapable areas of differences: problem-solving, processing information, managing change and facing risk. These areas seem to drive a wedge in more relationships over time than any other. The conference will open your eyes to God’s divine design for differences. Together you’ll learn how to use your personal strengths too –

  • Design effective communication strategies
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  • Exchange information that is meaningful and practical
  • Balance the scales of a transitioning home environment
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As part of your registration, you and your spouse will receive a short online assignment to fill out the Marriage Insights Profile questionnaire online. This assignment will take each of you about 8-10 minutes to complete independently, with no input from the other. After finishing, your responses will be instantly tabulated. You’ll receive your personalized Marriage Insights Profile report online through your email inbox. Print a copy, review the results and bring a copy to the conference.

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    • Discover who you are and what you’re uniquely made for
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Why am I here? What does God want me to do with my life? Even if we know that God has not left us out of His plan, we struggle to know where we fit in. The 210 Project answers these questions through a practical and engaging process that helps you discover your unique spiritual DNA. Together with a small group, you can uncover a new sense of purpose for yourself and your group.

    • Discover who you are and what you’re uniquely made for
    • Highly personalized content and interactive online tools
    • Connect with other believers
    • Move forward in life with clarity and purpose

What does it include?
The 210 Project curriculum includes a book that you can download or have shipped. It also includes eight online interaction tools to be used as you read through the book. These tools will walk you through exercises to discover your place in God’s story and how to move forward in life, confident in what He’s called you to be and do. When you’ve finished with the process, you receive a personalized Ministry Action Plan, and gain access to a robust community of believers that want to connect with you and your mission.

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The Marriage Insights Profile is an eye opening, in-depth report that helps couples grow in their understanding and appreciation of each other. Through a quick and simple online questionnaire, each spouse will immediately receive a comprehensive report detailing the uniqueness God designed in you. It includes information on your wants and values, the specific strengths that you bring to your relationship, and solid keys to communication.

The Different By Design Workbook is designed to be used with the Different By Design Facilitator Kit. This practical, 21-page tool helps lead participants through the curriculum, including interactive exercises for couples to use stay on track, guide their note-taking, and document their goals creatively. The workbook contains everything the facilitator needs to lead a successful Different By Design small group study and for couples to put the material into practice.

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The Marriage Insights Profile is an eye opening, in-depth report that helps couples grow in their understanding and appreciation of each other. Through a quick and simple online questionnaire, each spouse will immediately receive a comprehensive report detailing the uniqueness God designed in you. It includes information on your wants and values, the specific strengths that you bring to your relationship, and solid keys to communication.

The Different By Design Workbook is designed to be used with the Different By Design Facilitator Kit. This practical, 21-page tool helps lead participants through the curriculum, including interactive exercises for couples to use stay on track, guide their note-taking, and document their goals creatively. The workbook contains everything the facilitator needs to lead a successful Different By Design small group study and for couples to put the material into practice.

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In the eight sessions, couples experience insightful teaching and interactive exercises that help to unlock information about strengths and differences in their marriages.

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