26 Creative Virtual Team Building Activities For Remote Teams

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Team Building Resources March 25, 2020 26 Creative Virtual Team Building Activities For Remote Teams

As a remote team, we geek out over virtual team building. We’re always looking for ways to bring our team closer together.

But over the years, we’ve learned that remote team building is much different than in-person team building. When your team is never in the same room together, you have to take a different approach to building your company culture.

Luckily, virtual team building activities can still be super effective in promoting employee happiness, retention, and productivity. And remote team building doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, both in time and cost.

For this post, we’ve included 10+ of our favorite creative virtual team building activities for remote teams. We’ve scoured the internet and drawn on our own experience. All of these team activities are easy to implement (some are automatic) and some are completely free.

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1. Online Office Games with teambuilding.com

Facilitating virtual team building has unique challenges, and so you may want to have another company do it for you. Our sister company, Team Building, is a 100% remote organization that offers virtual team building activities and online team building games as a service.

Here are some examples of the remote team building options available. First, Online Office Games, which is a series of online games including activities like typing-speed races, spreadsheet pixel-art and print-paper origami. You can also do remote employee engagement activities like storytelling workshops, virtual improv games, and training like “How to Manage Remote Teams” to learn best practices for communication, running meetings and giving feedback.

Follow this link to learn more about the virtual team building activities.

2. Tea vs Coffee: Live Virtual Coffee + Tea Tasting Class

Built specifically for remote teams, Tea vs Coffee facilitates an exotic coffee and tea tasting experience with real beverages. A week or so before your event, the company sends each of your employees a care pack with a mix of four specialty teas, coffees and infusions. Each envelope is marked as “do not open” to save the big surprise for the day of the event.

On tasting day, your team logs into a virtual video-cafe, where the friendly barista will share stories, run games and lead a tasting ceremony for the tea and coffee. The event is fun, educational, and global minded. All teas and coffees are sustainably sourced from farms with Fair Trade practices.

Learn more about Tea vs Coffee.

3. Remote Storytelling Workshops & Training

Museum Hack tour guides are world class conveyors of stories and information. We’ve honed the craft leading thousands of renegade tours, and refined a framework for telling stories and training these skills. This system includes the Five Elements of a Hack, story shortening and more fun team activities.

Storytelling is a useful skill for a wide variety of roles, from marketers to sales reps, to HR, managers, leaders and more. These training workshops will empower your staff to higher levels of productivity and performance, and even give you remote team meeting ideas for your organization.

Read more about Museum Hack’s Online Storytelling Workshops.

4. tiny campfire 🔥: 100% Virtual Campfire for Remote Teams

tiny campfire runs virtual campfires for remote teams. The experience includes haunted historic ghost stories, icebreakers, little competitions and even a real s’more making experience. It’s fun, wildly smart, and probably the best damn online camping experience in the world. No mosquito repellent needed.

Before your event, tiny campfire sends each person on your team a small package with materials like s’more ingredients, a small candle, matches and team colors. Getting stuff in the mail is awesome and your people will appreciate it. This event creates unique shared memories, good vibes and engagement at your organization.

Get started with your tiny campfire here.

5. petri: Online Social Engagement Platform for Remote Teams

petri is an online social engagement platform for remote teams. Each week, petri schedules a variety of online team building games, training seminars and fun virtual meetings. Each experience is led by an engaging host that makes sure all guests can participate and make connections in a way that feels good to them. Example events include pub trivia, guided meditation, language classes, coffee hangs, beat-box harmony and more. The goal is to give your people a fun and relaxing way to connect with remote work peers.

One of the major benefits of petri is that scheduling is off your hands. With virtual events already on the calendar, you don’t have to worry about time-zones, who may or may not attend and what everyone is interested in. Instead, team members can self-organize and choose activities that work with their interests and schedules. Your colleagues can join as a team to build stronger relationships or individually and meet new friends and business contacts.

Learn more about virtual team building with petri.

6. Can You Hear Me Now?

More than just a sound check, Can You Hear Me Now is one of the best online games for virtual teams. You play this game in a virtual conference room, and nominate one person to be the speaker and the rest are artists. The speaker uses a random image generator you can find online to source a suitable image, and the goal is to describe that image in such a way that the artists can draw it successfully.

The one guideline that makes this task challenging is that you speaker must only use geometric shapes. For example, you could say “draw a large circle and then there equidistant triangles” but not “write the letter E.” By limiting instructions to geometric shapes and positions, the speaker needs to exercise extremely accurate communication skills, and the artists need to listen and interpret. This game is a proxy for effective online communication, and is also just really fun.

7. Spreadsheet Pixel Art

While most virtual teams are intimately familiar with Google Sheets, relatively few think of them as remote employee engagement activities. If you are a nerd like me then you likely enjoy developing complicated spreadsheet formulas and graphs. If you are both a nerd and an artist, then you will love doing Spreadsheet Pixel Art.

Essentially, Spreadsheet Pixel Art is when you add a little code to Sheets that will automatically replace numbers with a color fill for that cell. You can then use these colored cells to “paint the numbers” and create pictures of animals, landscapes and similar. For virtual team building activities, you can do a short-term or long-term competition to see who on your remote team produces the best work of art.

Here is a free template for Spreadsheet Pixel Art.

Bonus: If you comment on this post with your thoughts on virtual team building and include the hashtag #pixel we will send you another free Spreadsheet Pixel Art template.

8. MTV Cribs: Remote Team Edition

Throwback to the ’90s!

Because remote teams are distributed around the world, there’s a chance your team members might never meet face-to-face. However, that reality doesn’t mean they can’t open up their homes to one another and participate in some MTV style remote employee engagement activities.

Help Scout recently started an internal MTV Cribs-inspired video series, where team members show off their homes and personality in quick self-made videos a la the classic ’90s show.

It makes for both an interesting look into the personal lives of your co-workers and is also a hilarious way to get to know your entire team better.

9. Online Team Building Bingo

Online Team Building Bingo is a fun game you can play to engage remote workers. You start with a bingo board that has a number of action items or accomplishments on it. For example, when you hear someone say “sorry, I was on mute!” you can mark that spot off on your board, and similar for “wearing pajama bottoms to a video meeting.”

Bingo is a classic game that most people are familiar with, and the version for remote teams is a quick, easy and free way to get started with virtual team building.

Here is a template you can use for your first game:

10. Quarterly Christmas

Every December 26th, Carly starts counting down for Christmas. This countdown doesn’t have to be a long wait, and instead you can run Quarterly Christmas or Quarterly Care Package for your team. Basically, once every few months you surprise your team members with a package in the mail. Quarterly Christmas is effective team building for remote teams because getting a surprise package is like a little burst of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day.

Examples of packages you can send include tech gadgets, coffee and tea samplers, chocolate and wine, and gift cards. If your remote workers have furry friends then you can send pet toys as well. We recommend a budget of about $25 per person per quarter, plus shipping.

11. A Slack Channel To Post Cute Pictures of Pets

This one is a company favorite.

In March we made a Slack channel called #pets-of-museum-hack where we post pictures of our pets making funny faces and doing hilarious things.

This is a really simple channel and it takes very little effort/maintenance, but there’s a big payoff in the amount of team building and culture boosting it provides! Basically, this channel is a hit in the arena of quick and easy team building activities for telecommuters.

Here are some of our favorite pictures to date:

Our #pets channel for virtual team building on Slack

Let’s be honest, this post would be incomplete without a picture of our team’s dogs in blankets.

More cute pets on our remote team building channels.

12. Make Video Recaps of In-Person Events

With remote teams especially, it’s a good idea to provide your team with regular updates about the impact their work is having. This messaging doesn’t have to be for direct impact: for example, a web developer might not have any involvement in the design of a trade show booth, but everyone in the company has contributed to keep all aspects of your organization working properly to make attending the trade show possible.

You want to remind your team “Oh yeah, this is why I do this” as much as possible. Without these reminders, morale can drop and team members can become disillusioned. An easy way to keep morale high is to record videos of any in-person, company-related activities. For example, a few of our team members recently hosted a booth at an industry trade show, and our CEO Nick Gray recorded a three-minute video recap of the experience for the entire team. This effort takes a real world experience and develops it into meaningful virtual team building.

Since your team is remote, they’re not always going to be able to see the real-world impact their work is having. Recording videos of in-person activities and events are great ways to keep the team connected to your company’s mission. These videos don’t even have to be long or well-produced — whether it’s a trade show recap, a post-call debrief with an important client, or just a Monday morning pep talk, videos are a quick, easy, and effective way to keep morale high and demonstrate to your team you want to keep them in the loop.

Bonus: during our research for this post, we came across another great video from Help Scout that demonstrates how video can replace weekly meetings. Not only is this medium an efficient way to deliver information, people are likely to enjoy it and absorb what is communicated.

13. Live Remote Co-Working

Co-working spaces exist for a reason — they help people feel the social accountability of an office environment, and the smell of “get to work” fills the air. Among other things, working from a co-working space (or an office) is a constant physical reminder that you’re supposed to be working and helps you get into that flow.

Since your team is distributed around the world, it’s likely not possible for everyone to meet up at a co-working space. And while working from home has many perks, it’s not always easy to tap into the implicit motivation and social accountability that comes from working together in person with your team.

No need to worry! Remote co-working is a real thing, and it might help your team be more productive. To set up a session for your team, simply create a Slack channel called #coworking. The first person who’s online for the day can create a video call that’s open for anyone to join, with the understanding that the purpose of the channel and call is to get work done.

A few more options: everyone on the call could follow the same schedule using the Pomodoro Method — 25 minutes working followed by a 5 minute break. Being “in-sync” like this with other team members could help create a sense of camaraderie and motivation. You could also make a “coworking Tuesday” where everyone gets online together or make this channel completely optional. Finally, you can mix-up the co-working with co-playing and integrate some fun virtual team building games into the schedule.

Note: If no one else is online or in the #coworking channel, you could always use a tool like Focusmate to find someone to work with.

14. Werewolf

You may have played Werewolf at summer camp, in college or on a company retreat. Werewolf is a game of wits, deceit, and skilful manipulation as you seek to survive the night. The entire game is based on speaking, careful listening and voting, so you can run the experience in a virtual conference room like Zoom or Google Hangouts.

First, each player draws a card that indicates a role: werewolf, villager, medic or seer. For a remote game, you could use a random generation tool and send each person the role in a private message. Werewolves eat other players, villagers vote on who they think is a werewolf, medics can rescue a player from the jaws of near-death and seers can reveal a player’s status as wolf or not.

Once each one of your remote workers has a role, the game master announces that night has fallen, and everyone closes their eyes and does a pitter-patter drum roll for something fun to do and to mask other sounds. The game master then calls the werewolves to wake-up, select one victim, then go back to sleep. Next, the medic wakes up, points to a person to save and then sleeps again. Finally, the seer points to one person to reveal whether they are a wolf or not, and the game master nods yes or no to confirm. After all of the special roles have taken action, the game master then announces it is morning and reveals whether the wolves successfully ate a villager. Usually one villager dies in the night, with the exception of the occasional save by a medic.

The survivors debate who the werewolf is, and then vote to either eliminate someone or skip the round. Anyone that dies or is removed from the game becomes a silent ghost, and can no longer speak or otherwise participate in the game. Repeat this process until only villagers or wolves remain.

Werewolf is great for remote teams because it fuels a lot of discussion. Your team will love it.

15. Icebreaker Questions for Virtual Team Building

Icebreaker questions are simple prompts that allow you to get to know your peers better. For example, you can start a remote meeting by having each attendee share their name, role and what they like to eat for breakfast. Icebreakers are a simple and effective way to build relationships with remote teams, and to increase the person connections between your people.

A few tips and ideas for great icebreakers:

  • Unless you know each other extremely well, start with “green level” easy icebreaker questions. Some of your team member will be nervous to share, and so you can start with simple questions like “dream vacation” or “cats vs dogs?”
  • Before any person shares the answer to your icebreaker prompt, announce who the next few people to share will be. This process helps create order and is especially important for online meetings where you don’t have as many visual cues.
  • Go first. As the meeting organizer or leader, you can ask the question and then be the first to share as an example to others. By starting, you give your team members a little longer to think about answers, and also model what a great answer can be.
  • Keep it short. We recommend no more than 30 seconds per person.

Integrating icebreakers into your meeting is a free way to do virtual team building for remote teams. For specific questions to ask, check out our epic list of icebreaker questions for all the inspiration you need.

16. Donut Calls

Even at a remote company, each member of your team can truly benefit from getting to know their co-workers. But since there aren’t opportunities for your team to randomly chit-chat at the water cooler, you have to be a little more deliberate in creating these virtual team building opportunities.

That’s where Donut comes in!

Donut is a Slack extension that, once a week, automatically pairs everyone in your company up for a non-work-related 1-on-1 call. These are fun calls that give an opportunity for remote employees to get to know people they normally wouldn’t be working with on a daily basis. Generally these calls run anywhere from 15-30 minutes, and lots of fun is had.

Donut calls are a fun way to do virtual team building activities

At Museum Hack, we have a soft rule that work should not be discussed during Donut calls, this is really just a chance for team members to get to know each other. And since the Slack extension is automatic, this is a really lightweight way to incorporate team building into your remote company. If you aren’t sure where to start with your calls then try a prompt with icebreaker questions.

Donut calls are a fun way to do online team building for remote teams

Note: You can also change the frequency with which Donut pairs people up for calls, anywhere from 1-4 weeks. For more information on incorporating Donut calls into your team’s culture, here’s a link to the Donut Slack extension and their website.

17. Exciting Sponge

Exciting sponge is a quick and easy storytelling game that use can you for remote team building. To play on virtual team calls, each team member grabs a random object in arms length and creates a story about it, or can default to describing a generic sponge. The goal is to exaggerate the truth about what makes that object amazing. For example, if someone picked up an alarm clock, they could say “this is a relic from the past and someday Indian Jones 2.0, AI edition, will travel back in time and snatch it up for a museum collection.” Exciting Sponge is to remote team building activities as regular sponges are to washing the dishes; not necessarily essential, but pretty darn useful.

18. Pub Trivia for Virtual Teams

Your team can’t go to the pub together, but they can still do pub trivia and other virtual social events. For these video conference games, invite everyone to a call and let them know they can bring a pint of their favorite brew; whether that beverage is tea, beer or wine. Then, a host organizes everyone into smaller teams and reads out questions. Participants must answer as a team, and each correct answer wins points. You can do themed trivia like Netflix shows, musical clues and science facts.

19. Online Team Building Lunch & Learn

A simple way to start with online team building is to get your remote workers together on a call, and invite an expert to lead the session. You can find people to speak about topics like science, history, health and wellness, productivity, how to work from home, and more. You can expect most of these virtual team building sessions to be about 60 minutes, and you typically schedule them at meal times and encourage your team to eat during it. If you have the budget then you can also cover the bill for your team members to order food.

One tip is to shortlist three experts, and then ask your team which topic they most want to learn about. If you have a team of five or more people then you likely won’t have consensus, but you can either do “majority rules” or have some mechanism for resolving the choice. For example, you could say “the person with the longest hair” gets to choose first, or play a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

20. Coworker Feud

Like the TV classic Family Feud, Coworker Feud is an online version specifically for team building for remote teams. One person, typically the host, does research on a variety of prompts. For example, you can aggregate numbers related to animals, human behavior, food preferences and the solar system. An alternative is that you can send a survey out to your team members and their families, and then use the answers from these surveys as your data source.

Then, on a virtual team call, you play the game following the same rules as the show. For example, a lead member of each team is the speaker and buzzer and can consult with their team on answers. The teams take turns guessing at the most common answers. At the end, the team with the most points wins.

21. Team Building Jeopardy

Jeopardy is more than just the second greatest game show in history, it is a the perfect framework for virtual team building activities. Like some of the other games on this list, you can either find pre-built online games or do the research to build your own. As you put your scoreboard together, remember to include fun elements like double jeopardy.

For game day, let your team know you are going to be playing Jeopardy and that the purpose is for it to be remote team building. By setting these expectations everyone on your team will know what they are attending. You can upgrade the event with actual prizes you send out to winners.

22. Virtual Dance Party

One of the quickest and easiest team building exercises for remote teams is the Virtual Dance Party. You can either host your virtual dance as a standalone event or add it as a quick three-minute session during a scheduled team call.

Our preference is to do the three-minute version, and have the music playing when your team members for login to a call. If you choose an upbeat song then you can start the meeting with high energy which will help with engagement throughout. You can also add a short dance break later in the call to bring the energy back up.

23. Never Have I Ever: Rated E Edition

Many people play a version of Never Have I Ever is college, and it often depends into NSFW topics. Instead, play the online team building version of this game with a “Rated E for Everyone” version. As the event organizer, you can write all the topics in advance or have team members submit topics that you filter for the group.

Never Have I Ever is typically a knock-out game, which means you start with five fingers up and lose a point for each of the topics that you have in fact done. For example, if the prompt was “never have I ever eaten sushi”, then everyone that has eaten sushi would put a finger down. The game works because it is fun and interesting to see who is an exception to each topic.

24. Things for Virtual Team Building

Things is a game of talking and topics. Before the game starts, each of the participants adds topics to a common pool. The main guidelines is each topic must start with the word “things”. For example, “things my dog wishes he could eat for breakfast” or “things we want to do for virtual team building next time.”

One person starts as the host, and reads off a single prompt. The other players then anonymously submit answers to the host, which you can do via private message. The host reads the answers out loud, and then you go in a circle giving each person a chance to guess who said what. You can have players accumulate points and win prizes, or ignore points all-together. For the next round, switch hosts and continue with the same game mechanics. This game is fun because it gives everyone a chance to share and learn more about how each other think.

25. Virtual Happy Hour

One of the easiest ways to engage a virtual team and build team morale remotely is to ditch the usual agenda. Most meetings are kind of boring, and so people attend these meetings expecting to disengage and surf off to other areas of the internet.

Instead of doing the same old thing remote teams expect, make your next virtual meeting fun by hosting a Virtual Happy Hour. Let your team members know they can each bring a beverage of choice, which doesn’t have to be alcohol. For the virtual call, include quick online team building games like icebreakers and use breakout rooms to have themed conversations. We recommend giving each of the breakout rooms prompts to start the conversation, to make sure the chat flows well.

26. Donate to causes that match your team values

A risk many remote teams face is having the company feel strictly as an online presence in the minds of your employees — i.e. once the laptop is closed or the phone is turned off, it doesn’t exist, or it’s easy to forget about. In other words, the impact your team is having can sometimes feel limited to Slack channels without a real-world presence.

One way to remind your employees of your remote company’s real-world presence is to donate to a cause that matches your team’s values. Donating to a company-chosen charity can make people feel proud to work for your organization and that their work is helping to make a difference in the world.

For example, Zapier helps to sponsor events in towns where their employees live. Even if the company can’t be there physically, they can still have an impact. And this impact can help give back to the world and leave their team members beaming with pride.

27. Play online team building games like trivia and quizzes.

When you share an office it’s easy to find moments to have little conversations where you get to learn about the people you work with. Those simple connections are a lot harder to do in a completely online environment. However, you can simulate the experience with the help of virtual team building games like online trivia and quizzes.

One example of online team building games you can play is “guess the icebreaker.” To play, you anonymously prompt team members with icebreaker questions and then once a week have participants guess who said what. The game is a really fun, simple and quick way to get to know each other within a remote team. You can play via Slack, email or other remote work platforms.

FAQ: Virtual Team Building Activities

Here are some of the common questions we see about remote team building and engagement activities for remote workers.

How do you make a virtual meeting fun?

One way to make a virtual meeting fun is to include elements like icebreaker questions and group photos. A rule of thumb is to make these activities quick and easy for remote workers to participate in; it’s not meant to be stressful or a skill challenge.

How do you build team morale remotely?

In addition to strong leadership, one of the most effective ways to build team morale remotely is to do virtual team building activities and online team building games. You can work with a third party services like teambuilding.com, Tea vs Coffee, tiny campfire or Museum Hack. You can also do free remote team building activities like virtual trivia and other online games.

How do you engage a virtual team?

To engage a virtual team you can follow many of the same principle that apply to engagement at the office. For example, ask your people questions, do phone calls, and participating in team building activities. Another way to boost engagement for remote workers is to schedule calls between colleagues where the only rule is “no talk about work projects.” These calls help build relationships and friendships between coworkers, which leads to more engaged remote teams.

How do you bond with a remote team?

To bond with a remote team, spend QTT together, which stands for Quality Team Time. If all your remote workers do together is work projects, then that is all they are going to know they have in common. Instead, plan activities and conversations that allow team members to learn more about each other personally. When people learn they have common interests outside of work, like travel, pets, music and more, they form deeper bonds.

How do you make a team call fun?

One of the best ways to make a team call fun is to include breakout sessions. If the main call has 30 people on it then you can schedule breakout rooms with four or five people. The advantage of these smaller conversations is more people will have the opportunity to speak and share their ideas, which is a way increase the “fun factor” and engagement in the meeting.

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  1. Gillian Babcock
    Gillian Babcock
    May 17, 2019 at 6:14 am

    My sister is planning a team building activity for her employees to relax and bond. It was explained here that they can do a variety of activities like making video recaps for everyone to enjoy. Moreover, it’s recommended to consult experts when planning fun building activities.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 21, 2020 at 6:53 am

      Hi Gillian! Thanks for sharing. I assume your sister was planning virtual team building activities? How did it go?

  2. Jaque Jarowski
    Jaque Jarowski
    June 10, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Thanks for the tips! I find getting to know colleagues personally is one of most difficult aspects of working remotely

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 21, 2020 at 6:55 am

      100% agree, Jaque. And also a very important one. When people first start working remotely it can be lonely, so doing online team building games and similar is a way to help have a social outlet too.

  3. Julia Kane
    Julia Kane
    June 25, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    OMG such a great article! We build a remote team now and I believe that in every team (especially a remote) every step should be built on trust. We try to develop it in our team recently using several team building games, and we will try some of your list for sure! Thank you for that! Also, I have to say that our communication and productivity has improved since we got to know each other better.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 21, 2020 at 6:57 am

      Hi Julia! Sending best wishes for your team and hope the virtual team building games / activities were a huge success.

  4. Nicole Barile
    Nicole Barile
    August 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I read a lot about creating strong, virtual teams, and this is one of the best articles I’ve read!
    Thanks so much!

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 21, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Thanks Nicole! We update posts like this regularly, so recommend that folks bookmark it. On macs you can press “Command + D” to bookmark the list instantly.

  5. Callum Palmer
    Callum Palmer
    October 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I really like the ideas that you have listed here. There are some remote workers that would benefit from some of these things. I’ll have to mention it to my boss as I’m sure he’ll be on board with any of these that you have listed here.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 21, 2020 at 6:59 am

      Hi Callum, thanks for sharing your thoughts and hope your virtual team building is going well!

  6. Michael Reiss
    Michael Reiss
    March 22, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I love the idea of flashing back to the prime time of MTV. My fridge may not be filled with Cristal, but don’t get me wrong, this will be a team cribs to remember.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Aye, the late 90s were strong for MTV. Thanks, Michael!

  7. Mickala Mock
    Mickala Mock
    March 22, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I love the idea of a movie review. Like everyone agree to go to see the same movie and then talk about what people liked or disliked about the movie.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 22, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Mickala — I like it. Sounds kind of like a book club but without the common drop-off of readers and attendance. Plus, would definitely work for remote teams.

  8. Sonya Navarre
    Sonya Navarre
    March 22, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you so much for this innovative concept for teambuilding remotely. What a great way to feel like a part of the team in a more personable fashion. This is brilliant!

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 22, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Sonya!

  9. Ryan Sills
    Ryan Sills
    March 22, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    A team activity that I believe would be Wholesome and exciting would be a day where the team is involved in a Poker tournament where the winner is awarded with a prize of choice from a paid day off !! 2nd place gets a amazon gift card or a free meal from a restaurant of choice.
    3rd place- 7th place will be awarded with a paid week off
    Top 20 would be awarded with a paid catered lunch!

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 22, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Ryan, cool idea. Thanks for sharing the award framework too.

  10. Murry Holifield
    Murry Holifield
    March 23, 2020 at 2:35 am

    I believe a very fun and great idea would be cooking a simple lunch meal together. One person chooses an easy simple goto lunch they make, everyone goes out buys the ingredients and they cook it together and have lunch together.

    • Michael Alexis
      Michael Alexis
      March 23, 2020 at 6:38 am

      “Never Eat Alone”, Remote Edition.

  11. Mokneka Green
    Mokneka Green
    March 23, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I think a great virtual team building idea would be flash mob dance contest. So there will be judges audience and dancers Each teams would pick a song and it will be levels of competition. At the end of each dance off a judge well critique the decision goes with the audience, audience choice. until it’s two teams remaining in the two teams will bottle and the one team that wins wins the whole dance contest. You would have first second and third place prizes. The prices could be team lunches gift certificates or PTO time.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      This is such a fun idea!

  12. Mario Olivo
    Mario Olivo
    March 23, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I believe in Embarrassment is the quickest way to break the ice and have plenty of talking topics that you may of never known about. Everyone has had an embarrassing moment in life so why not share it and let others know it’s okay to look back and laugh about them. You never know who else had dropped their coffee in their lap before a big interview👀😄.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Ha! Plenty of embarrassing moments for me to choose from if we did this!

  13. Alaina Rutman
    Alaina Rutman
    March 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    This is such a fun list! As a pet owner, I especially love #10, A Slack Channel To Post Cute Pictures of Pets. What do you think of a remote Movement Minute? Put together a list of quick, simple exercises that people can do at their desks, have everyone pick an exercise, then do a video conference with everyone doing the top 3 exercises. It will get everyone moving and laughing for a quick moral boost!

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Yes! I have five dogs, so I feel this! Movement Minute is a great idea to get the blood flowing!

  14. Leilani
    March 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I like Murry’s idea of cooking together. I think it would be fun to create a little rivalry a la the show Chopped: each person has to create a dish from four mystery ingredients. Everyone votes on best looking dish and imagined taste.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      What mystery ingredients do you have in mind? This sounds fun!

      • Leilani
        March 24, 2020 at 8:56 pm

        If I don’t like my coworkers, maybe durian or natto. Haha! But maybe a combination like tahini/parsley/mushrooms/tomatoes.

  15. Grace MacDonald
    Grace MacDonald
    March 23, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I think a great example of a team building exercise would be to build something as a team based on a visual, but have that visual look different to every team member based on their view of it. It teaches teams to work together and listen to others instructions, things aren’t always how they seem at first.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      I love this!

  16. Zuhaib Mohamed
    Zuhaib Mohamed
    March 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Collaborative web-based games can increase company morale. Hosting tournaments or weekly games can bring people closer, and introduce a competitive atmosphere. An example of this would be an online version of the popular “Cards against Humanity”.

    Themed clubs seem to die after we graduate High-School; a very large company could connect employees by encouraging them to start clubs with coworkers based on similar interests, and to branch out by exploring new clubs.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Clubs! I remember being in my elementary school knitting club and it was awesome. This is a great idea!

  17. Aaron Rajan
    Aaron Rajan
    March 23, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I think a fun icebreaker for a remote team would be to create a Guilty Pleasure Bracket. Each team member anonymously shares 2 or 3 of their guiltiest pleasures (maybe it’s never missing an episode of”The Bachelor” or being a secret Smash Mouth fan) and those results are compiled into a bracket. The guilty pleasures faces off elimination-style with each team member casting a vote and making a case for why a particular guilty pleasure is more or less cringe-worthy than another. The winner is revealed when there is only one guilty pleasure remaining and they can choose from a prize such as a pint of ice cream to eat in bed or a season 14 DVD of “Diners, Drive-ins and Drives” autographed by Guy Fieri himself!

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      “Hey now you’re an all-star..!” This is a great idea.

  18. rob batchman
    rob batchman
    March 23, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    One idea I have used in the past to build remote teams is the Funniest Home Video submission. Team members take 3 minute video of themselves doing normal things around their house, that give other team members a glimpse into their lives. The videos can be funny, they can involve family members, they can involve hobbies, or anything they want. The requirement is that the video has to include one portion that would be unique to that individual, something that most people don’t do. For each weekly video meeting, someone gets to share their video. This is a great way to get team members to get to know each other better.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Hey Rob – this is such a cool idea! I’m already considering adopting this with our remote team.

  19. Mojisola Goodloe
    Mojisola Goodloe
    March 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    A virtual team building activity that would be fun as well as a great incentive for team members is a virtual version of “Who wants to be a millionaire”?
    In this version the prizes would range from $.50-$10 but more importantly time being the best prize such as leaving 15 minutes early or clock in 15 minutes after regular start time. The questions would center around current events, news etc. This virtual version will allow everyone to show off they’re knowledge while earning a little cash and time as well.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 24, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Hey Mojisola – this is a cool idea. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Danielle
    March 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Something I’ve noticed from team building exercises I’ve done in the past is that it’s always good to start any kind of meeting with recognition of members’ work. That way, people feel like their hard doesn’t go unnoticed. Aside from that, games are always a fun way to bring teams closer together whether it’s competitive or cooperative. A fun game idea I thought is similar to pictionary. One person has a picture in front of them while another member has to draw that same picture but only based off what the other person describes to them. They have 3 minutes let’s say. At the end, they reveal the drawing and the original picture to see how close they got.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Danielle! This is a great idea and we do this a lot on Slack with a channel we call you-are-awesome, which lets all team members recognize great work done by others!

  21. Steve
    March 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Something that we’ve used as a team building activity. Sit in a circle, so imagine a virtual circle. Work your way around the circle and we each talk about how many siblings we have and where we fall in age (youngest, oldest, middle) and talk about something specific from our childhood. Next time around we would talk about a little known individual fact about us that no one in the group knows about. This type of dialog works to create vulnerability amongst us and lead to a greater trust between us. We’ve also done talk about the person to the left of you and choose something positive about them to talk about. Next time around it could be something challenging about that person. This activity helps with self awareness and emotional intelligence.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Steve – We love the idea of creating vulnerability and trust in the team. This is a really great exercise.

  22. Dominick McCullough
    Dominick McCullough
    March 24, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Working from home, is always challenging. Especially since your refrigerator is just seconds away. The moderator starts and makes a sandwich, takes a picture and shares with the team. The next person picks one ingredient in the former sandwich and makes their sandwich and so forth. The team votes on the most creative, most bizarre and the most boring.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Virtual sandwich competition – love it!!

  23. Sharonda
    March 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Great post! I think team building activities is a awesome way to build lasting relationships and create a positive work environment. I like to generate games based on tv game shows like wheel of fortune, jeopardy and etc. These are also great ice breakers!

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Sharonda! We love icebreakers and think they belong in all virtual team building exercises! This is awesome.

  24. Kathleen
    March 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Wonderful ideas! You could have a Slack channel dedicated to books, another to movies, pets, helpful work-from-home hints, bragging (kids, etc), favorite photos and so forth. When people start to see how much they have in common, they start to feel a connection to the rest of the team.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Yes!! Finding commonalities (especially unexpected ones) important, especially when you don’t get to interact all the time face-to-face! Random, fun Slack channels are always a great idea.

  25. Scott Jackson
    Scott Jackson
    March 24, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I have played the “Coworker Fued” game before. It was awesome! It is a great way to adapt Family Feud and bring to your office. Trivia games always have tons of engagement and they add alittle bit of friendly competition to the mix. You can have prizes on the line for the winners. Also, the topics you ask about can vary from pop culture, to maybe facts about your company.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Great idea to vary up the topics so the game always feels fresh!

  26. Tyson Wong
    Tyson Wong
    March 24, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I remember being apart of an ‘online productivity’ community where we got together on video to bang out a couple of Pomodoro Work Sesh’s. At the end of the hour we had a great time gabbing for a few minutes about what we were working on and shared some laughs during our “quiet / focused” time. For virtual / remote workers, it was almost like a coffee break to share some connection around the water jug 🙂

    Funny, how in these little moments we get to know one another to feel more connected and compassionate

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Tyson! Thanks for sharing – we love finding these little moments to bond as a team.

  27. Channel Farrell
    Channel Farrell
    March 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    How about creating a Marco Polo group and on breaks record a short video of fun, excited, inspirational, and encouraging videos throughout the day.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Great idea!!

  28. Sheila Gazlay
    Sheila Gazlay
    March 24, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    What a great variety of team-building exercises. Personally, I would love to participate in The Great Guac Off.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      What could be better than team building and guac?! 🙂

  29. peter
    March 24, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    A work at home scavenger hunt. Each employee is given a list of tasks to complete. Search for something on the internet. Crop an image of your boss standing in front of a tipped over port-o-potty. Figure out distances between point a and point b using google maps. The possibilities are endless and you could do it in teams of 4 over a conference call.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Hey Peter – Thanks for this killer idea! Love the virtual aspects over a conference call rather than just running around the home office, too!

  30. Sabrina
    March 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    These team building activities are inspiring. Having worked in brick and mortar way too long, monotony sets in. You can only do so many potluck activities, right? (which I never could participate in because of my diet) Reading through the posts, activities such as a three minute video of me at home doing – well – me is so much fun. Working in a traditional setting would not allow team member to see my horses – hint, hint. Let’s use technology to bring us closer together. Well done.

    • Carly Hill
      Carly Hill
      March 25, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      We’d love to see pictures of your horses! 🙂

  31. Kaleigh Williams
    Kaleigh Williams
    March 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I think a virtual movie night would be fun. You could poll the team on a few movie options and stream it to the team. Discussing the movie and opinions would be engaging for the team and the movie would add some fun and decompression time.

  32. Diana Fitts
    Diana Fitts
    March 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    These ideas are so fun! It’s easy to stay stuck indoors when working remotely. As a runner, I love an excuse to get outdoors while also making it a social experience. It would be fun to start a running challenge with my running obsessed remote coworkers via Strava or Nike Run. There could be prizes for the runners with the highest mileage, most consistency, and more. If feasible, everyone could train together for the same race in a central location and use it as an excuse to get together in person.

  33. Jess Fun
    Jess Fun
    March 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    I can see myself using Exciting Sponge with remote teams. My parents taught me that presentation is important so this team building activity falls in line with our way of thinking plus it is just FUN! #ExcitingSponge #pixel

  34. MWC
    March 24, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    I am really excited to try some of these. Working remote can be very hard on team engagement. #pixel

  35. Phillip Pellecchia
    Phillip Pellecchia
    March 24, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, but has everyone noticed Dungeons & Dragons is totally cool now?! I currently run a game for my co-workers and it’s a really fun way to get to know your team. It can also really flex and expand each others’ creative and improve abilities!
    The best part is these days it’s now even easier to do this remotely! Depending on the size of the teams and the sheer level of limitless options, there are some really excellent ideas and methods that can work for just about any style of play. This also means that if you can imagine it there’s a pretty good chance it can be crafted to fit the campaign! No other game gives that type of freedom of expression with a solid community to back it up! There’s a reason why D&D is touted as “the worlds greatest role-playing game!”

  36. Jason Alderson
    Jason Alderson
    March 24, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Has anybody seen the show Survivor ? You know the one, where they drop people on a deserted island and they compete to stay the longest… Could we not adapt something of this sort to a virtual remote environment to further build team cohesiveness. i live right on a mountain, so i could just step out my front door with my laptop and be on location ! 🙂

  37. Raquel
    March 24, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    I think the Icebreaker Questions is a perfect way to get to know your peers better and build up teamwork. The more you engage with your peers to know them better, the more easy and fun it will be to work together as a team!

  38. Daniel
    March 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    These are all awesome ideas. Because there are so many amazing moments in the show The Office, it would be fun for a team to select any given episode to all watch and then discuss all of the “what not to do” moments as well as the praiseworthy moments. It would be a fun break for someone who works from home and can lead to some fun discussion as a team!

  39. Tyler Davis
    Tyler Davis
    March 24, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I love all these ideas!
    One activity I think would be a lot of fun is a costume contest!
    Everyone shows up to the video conference dressed in full costume. Maybe even throw in a theme!
    Then you can have everyone vote on best costume, and the top 3 get a prize.
    I imagine this being a strong ice-breaker and get-to-know-you activity as well!

  40. Hassan
    March 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    A great team building activity would be a video conference call, using a service like zoom. In this call, each tram member would speak about themselves and their goals, and what they want to accomplish in the future. Team members could also speak on great ways to improve work conditions and how to more efficiently complete work and/or projects. All the above activities listed are great activities.

  41. Ethan
    March 24, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    👉 Heads Up! (the Ellen DeGeneres game) over video conferencing

  42. ambria richards
    ambria richards
    March 24, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I am so excited to have come across this.
    We are all about team building, and I love the idea of the tiny campfire.
    With that being said I would love to see you guys do something along the line of music. We all connect threw music differently. So you could have everyone pick out a song in their favorite genre. Once, everyone, has there song pick out have them submit them to one person who will be in charge of playing them. As the song plays have your coworkers try and guess whos song us who.

  43. Jeff
    March 24, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    What brings a group together more intimately than being in the woods in the dark of the night sharing ghost stories around a campfire? Bringing back any childhood memories? Why not recapture the environment with a Tiny Campfire held remotely to alleviate the anxiety of our current affairs and help everyone come together with a little Kumbaya moment. Sometimes the smallest events in life become the most lasting memories. Let’s light the fire without burning down your work space.

  44. Leonardo Hincapie
    Leonardo Hincapie
    March 25, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Charades, Speak Out, and Head’s Up! All awesome and hilarious games that can be adapted to almost any industry. You can act our products that you sell, services that you offer, or certain customer situations that may be inside office jokes. Thinking back on my time at a banking center, I can come up with so many ideas for these games that would entertain us for hours!

  45. Phil Bailey
    Phil Bailey
    March 25, 2020 at 12:56 am

    First of all, thank you guys for bringing this amazing data to help remote workers feel more unified in their virtual spaces. I know what it’s like first hand to try and explore alternatives to keep myself and colleagues engaged in team-building and I’m absolutely passionate about it.

    My idea for virtual team-building is as follows:

    Do a workshop where your individual employees will create physical vision boards about their life’s biggest dreams or goals. They will present their work of art to the entire company via video conference and explain the pieces of their board. Learn what drives them be on the path they’re on and what it means to them. Another twist would be email the digital works and let the company vote who they think it might be. Once identified, the artist can explain more as they wish.

    This is a great way to get to know the ins and outs of your teammates. It’s a little vulnerable, sure, but as someone mentioned in the comments, good teams are built on the foundation of trust and I believe they are also built on humility. A strong team grows stronger by helping each other meet their goals and knowing that the next person is there to help them along the way.

  46. Shoniece Miller
    Shoniece Miller
    March 25, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Hey i think that potlucks would be an amazing way to build a team 🙂

  47. McKenzie
    March 25, 2020 at 9:38 am

    My mind is blown by the spreadsheet pixel art. I am a school counselor and am excited to find a way to use this with my students. #pixel

  48. Andrew G
    Andrew G
    March 25, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I think a themed online scavenger hunt would be a great team building activity!

  49. Jennifer
    March 25, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I would love to see something about movies and music. Music is a part of everyone’s lives and movies help us escape. If someone collected everyone’s favorite movie and song on the team and created a playlist of all the songs and a movie clip from each movie. Each team member would in turn guess who’s movie and song was their favorite.
    Not only do you have a variety of songs to listen to but you just may want to see a great movie you never thought of.

  50. Sonya Johnson
    Sonya Johnson
    March 25, 2020 at 11:53 am

    So many remote positions have asynchronous schedules, so not everyone is working together all the time. One of the things I’ve found helpful in this environment is a dedicated chatroom, so anyone working at the same time has a place they can go to ask questions, get feedback, collaborate, and get to know their coworkers. There is very little “water cooler talk” in remote teams, so the chat environment has a simplicity in it’s structure, but also allows for that much needed interaction and collaboration on a daily basis.

  51. Erin Ernest
    Erin Ernest
    March 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Virtual Ice Bucket Challenge (Or something similar, prompting people to do something fun and/or silly to post to raise money for a cause that means a lot to the company/organization.)

  52. Tonia
    March 25, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I manage activities for our 300+ remote workers there are some new and great ideas I can’t wait to try. Thank you! #pixel

  53. Craig
    March 25, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    What a great post! Thanks for putting this together.

    I’ve been running some engagement activities for my team over the last 10 days or so as we start our quest in to working fully remotely. I’ll certainly be using several of these ideas.

    Love the Spreadsheet Pixel Art #pixel

  54. Fajr Major
    Fajr Major
    March 25, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    A fun team building activity would be to show your baby/childhood pictures. People would also share their earliest memory. This activity would show how people share common experiences.

  55. Wade P
    Wade P
    March 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    This has helped our team a lot with everyone having to go remote. #pixel

  56. Tiffany Latham
    Tiffany Latham
    March 25, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    A great team building activity would be for everyone in the group to receive a puzzle that turns into a comical question to break the ice. The first one to finish the puzzle has to read the question aloud and give everyone the chance to answer. The funniest answer gets a prize!

  57. Jordan Barboza-Davis
    Jordan Barboza-Davis
    March 25, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    A great team building exercise would be for everyone to share their favorite song from an unknown genre or a genre that’s not mainstream. For example, Sean might share a harsh noise project or Pam could share some Icelandic jazz. You can’t have culture without music and art, so this would be a great way to show a hidden part of ourselves.

  58. Linda Sevilla
    Linda Sevilla
    March 25, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Ha! Love these ideas!
    Being that everyone is at home… let’s see what people have AT home!
    An idea for team building is ‘ FOUND AT HOME’. Teams divided, and a prompt of ‘ which team can show ketchup’ first, wins 10 points. ‘ Which team can show a marvel comic book’ etc. DISCLAIMER… WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR INJURED PEOPLE!

  59. Aleisha
    March 25, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks. Some great tips #pixel

  60. Dan Pacholek
    Dan Pacholek
    March 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    An excellent and relaxing team-building exercise would be to host a virtual movie night.

    This can be done by streaming a movie through a video conference call and keep an instant messaging chat box open so team members can comment and make remarks during the movie. The movie can be chosen by allowing the team to vote based on a selection of 4 or 5 pre-selected movies.

    Experiences like this give remote employees something to bond over and joke about later on. Plus it forces team members to take a little downtime and relax.

  61. Amber
    March 26, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Homebound Happy Hour! You don’t even have to drink but everyone meets digitally with drinks (or water) and just decompresses to chat. No work talk, no negativity just a great time with a digital cheers! Work mates could even introduce one another to new drinks or a favorite wine.

  62. Noma Mitchell
    Noma Mitchell
    March 26, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I think another great idea could be playing the question game on video with team members. The game is asking questions back and forth for as long as possible, without answering any questions.

  63. Cole Johnson
    Cole Johnson
    March 26, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    A great team building ice breaker would be if you dinner and a movie. You would start by starting the call in your kitchen and each person would show how they’re cooking up their favorite meal! I’m a spaghetti person and so I would show folks on how my Mom used to make this special spaghetti for me. I would include the recipe and items that I bought from the grocery store.

    For the movie I would select 5 choices and we would take a vote on it! Then we would sync the movie to the exact second in which it started and then if we so choose we could make comments on it or say something funny about it! (Comedies would be my go to!)

  64. Cindy Ciccozzi
    Cindy Ciccozzi
    March 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this article! I think it would be helpful when working remotely to build morale by including elements like group photos so there is more of a connection with your peers. I think it would boost engagement and act as an ice breaker when people can talk about things outside of work that make them who they are and they would be better understood by their colleagues which enables them to collaborate effectively.

  65. David Plush
    David Plush
    March 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    A fun virtual event would be to have an “Academy Night”. Everyone can dress in their “Hollywood best” and there will be a competition for who gets the most amount of winners correct. It would be a lot of fun!

  66. Brianna
    March 26, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    With a remote team you can take the idea of story telling and use it to get to know your teammates more in depth. You can do the “secret Santa” method and choose a teammate for everyone but no one else knows who you got, possibly do this by emailing everyone before the meeting. You then choose an item from your home office or the area you work in that reminds you most of that teammate. You will then explain why you chose that item explaining how it reminds you of your teammate when you are on a video conference. Each teammate will then guess who you are talking about. This is a good way to not only get to know your teammates a little better but also uplift them and remind your teammates that they are great and everyone not only works together but builds a relationship with one another which is often times needed in a remote setting.

  67. Antonio Sutton
    Antonio Sutton
    March 26, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I like the idea of a virtual dance party. I’m a competitive person so something like a TikTok dance-off would be fun. Whoever can get the most likes for their TikTok video wins.

  68. Cody Anderson
    Cody Anderson
    March 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm


    I personally love the campfire activity and love that there are companies out there like this. I feel that it is more important than ever to stay positive and to stick together!

    As for a new idea, maybe something along the lines of a movie or tv show series week/month where groups of 5 or less would come together and discuss how the characters behave as a team and how they are contributing to his/her team individually. One could also have the chat room set up similar to facebook live so members stay focused on the task at hand and have fun at the same time!

  69. Tanya Curtis
    Tanya Curtis
    March 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    What a great resource for those working remotely around the world. So many great ideas! A team building event idea I would consider would be filled with Comedy and laughter. Each individual would choose their favorite movie line or comedy skit, one would have to guess who it is or what movie was it.

  70. Brian
    March 26, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    These are some great ideas as in a virtual environment it can sometimes feel like you are on an island of one. Something that we did was play the opening of old TV shows to see who could get them first. This was a lot of fun and really had us all laughing.

  71. Christa Blunt
    Christa Blunt
    March 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    One virtual team building exercise can involve an online scavenger hunt. For instance, clues can be given to the team that ushers them to a series of related objects, places, ideas, etc. Each item on the list can lead to introducing the project the team is going to work. The scavenger hunt can help initiate team members to a new project and brainstorm while having fun.

  72. Scott Scott
    Scott Scott
    March 26, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Great team building exercise would be to have everyone pick their favorite song and when that person gets a sale the monitor will display that persons name and play a portion of their song to celebrate with other co-workers!!!!

  73. Kaitlyn Spencer
    Kaitlyn Spencer
    March 26, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    A team activity that I believe would be energizing and exciting would be where your team gets together on Zoom, divide into two teams and have a charades competition against one another. Each player would have to use a household object or food item to describe the word.

  74. Lacey Karge
    Lacey Karge
    March 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I think that a really cool way to get everyone involved in remote team building activities while providing opportunities for personal engagement would be to implement yearly, “Bring your pet/spouse/child to work days.” It would be a fun way for coworkers to get to know each other outside of everyday work. I think that it would brighten spirits as well as giving family members a chance to feel involved. Employers could present incentives for those who participate like, sending out doggy bag treats or movie ticket prizes or a nice bottle of wine for a date night.

  75. Jaelyz Melendez
    Jaelyz Melendez
    March 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Easter is coming up, so why not have a funny riddle me this egg hunt. Everyone should receive empty eggs, the ones used for egg hunts where you normally insert candy to), but instead of placing candy inside of it, some will be filled with a funny incomplete phrase or riddle, while the other eggs contain random words or phrases. The goal is that everyone receives x amount of eggs, whoever opens up a riddle or funny incomplete phrase needs to read it and the others will have to see what are inside their eggs and choose the funniest word/phrase to complete it. Who ever gets the most funny finishing phrases is the winner. Picture it as a sort of Cards Against Humanity, but with easter eggs in a sense. This helps steam off the stress of the week, plus, who doesn’t like to laugh? 🙂

  76. Tessah Shaw
    Tessah Shaw
    March 26, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I love the idea of Remote Team Bingo! Keeping an eye out for spaces to mark off keep things like meetings and calls exciting, fun and lighthearted. They’re silly topics that all remote employees can relate to and laugh about.

  77. Hailey Grant
    Hailey Grant
    March 26, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I love the idea of Donut Calls, I think it would be good to get your team back on track and bonded.

  78. Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor
    March 26, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    How about a game of remote “Trivia” utilizing popular topics such a movies and sports. I think this is a good way to find out about team members and build chemistry around topical interests they may enjoy.

  79. Sadie Badue
    Sadie Badue
    March 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I love MTV Cribs: Remote Team Edition! It sounds like a blast, and I can’t wait to have my team try and show off the best parts of their homes! Bringing it back to the best decade, the 90s.

  80. Ashley Britt
    Ashley Britt
    March 26, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    I love so many of these ideas, but the virtual campout is my favorite. I think it’s because camping is something you usually do outside of work with family and close friends. It’s imperative to have a work-life balance, but it’s also super important to get to know your team as your second family. So implementing any activities that make you feel connected on that level are ideal to me! Everyone loves receiving mail not knowing what exactly is in the package, so the fun begins as soon as that arrives! Having little friendly competitions and ice breakers that make you feel like you’re camping are a win-win!

  81. Damon Marrero
    Damon Marrero
    March 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Greetings everyone,

    As someone who loves team building events. We are going to be doing a virtual Karaoke team building contest!

  82. Kim Kloote
    Kim Kloote
    March 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    A great way to bring teams closer together would be getting families involves in one of the team building activities. A lot of the time employees are at work more than they are with their own family, which when you become close with your team they end up becoming like a second family to you. You can invite the staff to have families in on team building activities to learn more about their household and home life. Unique and different questioners and activities to make the experience exciting and fun could be scavenger hunts, show and tell, etc.

  83. Loudiely Colon
    Loudiely Colon
    March 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    There are so many fun and great ideas, not only in the article but also in these comments!

    I’m big into humor and music so I would definitely find a way to incorporate this into it.
    To start I would do this funky song “Shabooya Roll Call” so everyone can introduce themselves in a fun way also expressing their favorite thing to do or what sets them apart.

    After the icebreaker, I would do an Improv Classroom so everyone can learn how to think on their feet and deal with unprecedented situations, like having to work from home.

  84. Bridget Carpenter
    Bridget Carpenter
    March 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    MUSIC! What a great remote team building activity! We all love music, so wouldn’t a name that song be a fun and entertaining way to get to know each other? One week before the team building activity teams are created by drawing a name out of a hat. After the teams are chosen the music lists are sent respectively to each team. Each team has exactly one week to put together their play list and then let the games begin! (They can contact each other via phone or email to put together their playlists.) Several rounds should be played and the losing team of each round “Sings” the last song. The winning team receives a soundtrack of all the songs on each playlist.

  85. Gina
    March 26, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Great Ideas! Looking at how to build some “fun” and team bonding into a now very large remote team. Thanks for sharing. #pixel I’m looking forward to trying the pixel art option!

  86. Nick
    March 26, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Hi team! Great article and super creative ideas 🙂 I come from an Italian family that migrated to the USA in 1912. We love food and created a cookbook from all of our family recipes. I would host a remote activity “Cook Off”! A team member would supply a favorite recipe and we would each make the dish while getting to know each other. What better team building than fellowship and food!

  87. Joel
    March 26, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Just an idea for a virtual meeting activity,

    1. Put together teams
    2. Pick a song together
    3. Option 1 each person sings a part of the song, continuing where the person before them left off.
    4. Option 2 each person creates a dance move to a portion of a song and as group putting all the moves together to create a routine.

  88. Shelby
    March 26, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Holy crap I’m definitely bookmarking this page — so many virtual ways to experience people! It definitely is making me think of other ideas — Like virtual office mad libs using typical work scenarios as the plot but leaving the blank spaces for verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc for all co-workers to pitch in on. And at the end you have a really strange hypothetical work story that everybody can laugh about.

  89. Scott Harding
    Scott Harding
    March 26, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    These are some extremely creative and fantastic ideas!

    When I worked virtually a few years ago, we had a virtual happy hour that turned into a game of virtual beer pong. We later came back to the idea and refined it for a training game where instead of drinking, you had to guess a question and lost your cup when you got it wrong. Lots of fun and it works well virtually with minimal set up.

  90. Paul
    March 26, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Great ideas. I really do think that virtual karaoke would be a great way to bring people out of their shells. It can also tell you a lot about your team members! Thank you

  91. Rashaun Stanley
    Rashaun Stanley
    March 26, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Hypethetical question exercises enhance analytical thinking and can help you learn more about the team member than the question being asked. Try exercises that pull from the personality and unique differences of the team member.

  92. Cassandra Lambert
    Cassandra Lambert
    March 26, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Really love the Tea vs Coffee virtual tasting ceremony for remote teams. Ive attended quite a few Tea Parties that are in person but with this pandemic what an awesome and creative way to still get that engagement with others around tea and get to try different flavors and enjoy them with others remotely! Especially with your team!

  93. Charisse Sullivan
    Charisse Sullivan
    March 26, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I love quarterly Christmas. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
    Food and beverages pull folks together.
    Same as Singing Karaoke or Dancing.
    These are what brought my team together!

  94. Matt Q
    Matt Q
    March 26, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I feel like a great team building activity for people working remotely could be some type of video fitness challenge, whether it is a squat challenge, timed jumping jacks. Basically anything to get people up and moving for some time.

  95. Marc Shackman
    Marc Shackman
    March 26, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I like sound and voice games as it helps teams contribute a part of themselves individually and connect and blend it with the rest of the team players to create a unique piece of music as a whole! A very powerful and healthy process 🙂

  96. Eilysha Sklar
    Eilysha Sklar
    March 27, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Who is this?
    This can be done in an email thread or on virtual meeting platform. Prior to the meeting, ask each staff member to send you a fact about themselves that others do not know about them yet. During the meeting, read them aloud to the group so the responses are kept anonymous. Have the team guess which fact belongs to which team member. They can either cast votes and discover if they got them right at the end or vote as they go along.

  97. Fernando Garcia
    Fernando Garcia
    March 27, 2020 at 12:08 am

    A great team building activity would to build a dream board together. Working together we have a common goal, but we all go to work for our own goals outside of work. When we build a dream board together it allows me to see the goal of my team mate. Could be emotional goal, health goal, financial goal, anything.. and I feel inspired to help my team achieve that goal. So grab your old magazines a construction piece of paper and glue it!

  98. Andrew Moffett
    Andrew Moffett
    March 27, 2020 at 1:47 am

    One possible idea for a virtual team building exercise could be creating a “video game” using one real team member as the character and the rest of the team as the people controlling where they go. You could use the character team member’s house as a level to hide clues or different puzzles in. The others have to figure out the puzzles and navigate each room to finish the game.

  99. Suzanne Patterson
    Suzanne Patterson
    March 27, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Wow, there are some great ideas and since almost everyone is now working at home and some of us have teens or preteens who are probably still playing Roblox or Minecraft. I think it would be fun to have a house design challenge in Bloxburg to see who could build the best house or earn enough money in a 2 hour period (in Bloxburg you can “earn” Robux to buy furniture and build a house, if you can keep from getting distracted by going to dorito parties. I have only played a couple of times with my niece but it would be fun! There are 3-5 minute how to videos that could get you going with the basics of building a starter home. It’s mind blowing to see how easily some of these kids can build giant mansions in this pretend town.

  100. Joshua Kastle
    Joshua Kastle
    March 27, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I think a great team-building idea would be a freeform creativity session for teams that include writers and animators, something that will help focus teams of creators and animators together so they can learn off of each other’s stylistic cues. Game ideas can include a form of pictionary that involves selling an idea based on a simple drawing or design, a game of telephone where each creator passes along an idea to an artist and the artist has to interpret what the end result could be. Ideas to get the creativity flowing could also be a version of mad-libs that would test verbage and story cohesion, especially if the end result flows as a story.

  101. Amber M
    Amber M
    March 27, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I think a great idea for a team building activity for remote teams is a walk together. Everyone goes on a walk of a certain distance, at a certain time all together, once or twice a week. This could help to keep everyone active while working remotely. It could be to the park and back or just walking around your backyard.

  102. Keith M
    Keith M
    March 27, 2020 at 11:24 am

    A great remote team building activity would be Digital Break Out rooms. We all know what a break out room is at this point, whether they are the in person locked rooms with puzzles for small groups or the games that you can download to your phone. There are a lot of great options for these to be altered for remote team building, through a shared screen and chat situation or even creating work space specific break out rooms via google sites.

    One example would be having one team member use a screen sharing program with chat function so all members can view the game style break out room and make suggestions of how to solve the given puzzle. Using google sites, or something similar you could post an image with a clue, hiding a link somewhere in the image to click for the next slide once the team solves the puzzle.

  103. Brett Coleman
    Brett Coleman
    March 27, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Online team building bingo is an excellent template for team building. It is a fun, light hearted game that uses traditional bingo rules that are generally known by all. Things like a team member saying, “Sorry, I was on mute!” can result in covering one of the squares. This a great team building exercise for remote teams.

  104. Heather
    March 27, 2020 at 11:57 am

    A great team building exercise for competitive co-workers, such as myself, is virtual office Olympics. Small events such as logo design, typing, social engagement content, best coffee recipe, history facts about the office and staff, and most creative work attire. Forming teams or individual events create indescribable bonding experiences but allow co-workers to push each other in forms of creative engagement.

  105. Danielle
    March 27, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Because I have a competitive spirit, any team building exercise that I can come up with has to be a “competition.” I also think that it could incorporate the use of making memes. Memes have become an integral part of our society, so I think it would be interesting to see who can make the best meme! The topics could be workplace related, and it is something that each individual could do remotely. There are plenty of free apps that allow the making of memes. Memes are something that bring people together, and at the end of the day I think everyone would get a laugh out of it. It would be bringing the team together, all while having fun. People also respond to rewards, so everyone could vote for the best one and the winner could get a prize.

  106. Elizabeth
    March 27, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I think a wonderful virtual team building activity would be trivia. In my non-remote office environments, we’d often do trivia nights, which were super fun and a great way to learn fun facts about each other.

  107. Julie
    March 27, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Sometimes there is “gossip” in the workplace and things get construed and possibly misinterpreted. I used to play “Telephone” with my kids and someone would whisper a sentence into the ear of the person sitting next to them. You are only allowed to say the sentence once, and then that person has to whisper what they thought they heard to the next person, and so on. At the end, it’s usually something completely different than what was originally said– and sometimes hilarious! Remote workers could have a line-up, and the first person could call the second. They would be allowed to make the statement only once and then hang up the phone. Second person would call third person and say what they think they heard, etc., on down the line. The last person could type the message to the group to see how far off it was from the original. Example: “I never want to leave the Bahamas” could easily turn into “I’m never getting out of my pajamas!”
    The better the original sentence, the better the end message!! It’s a good lesson in keeping company gossip to a minimum as well!!

  108. Heather
    March 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    An example of a team building activity with remote teams is Wakey Wine Wednesday. Each member of the team puts up the most wakey background behind them and brings their own wine for a wakey wine happy hour on a Wednesday. The goal of this team building is to socialize and get to know your team outside of work hours. Sometimes, learning from each other outside of work can spark a new idea for work!

  109. Ty Washington
    Ty Washington
    March 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I think that the online team building bingo is an excellent team building exercise. Why? Well, because there is no better way to learn about a group of people than by putting them in a competitive environment where success has nothing to do with skill – it’s all luck. Obviously, trash talking will ensue and comradery builds from that level of primal engagement. Who wouldn’t want to talk trash about how lucky they are or, about how unlucky someone else is in a virtual world where we are all titans of competitive bingo??!!

  110. Jennifer Garcia
    Jennifer Garcia
    March 27, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Hello! This page is a gold mine for great ideas. As many businesses are transitioning to online work, many who have never worked remotely are now finding themselves in online meetings. It’s essential for our wellness to engage, connect and have fun. I participated in a virtual dance party last night. Sharing photos of our lunch is one fun way to stay connected with coworkers. You can include recipes in a shared a document so that all staff could try making something and occasionally coordinate to make the same dessert or meal that you’ll all enjoy during an online lunch meeting.

    • Jennifer Garcia
      Jennifer Garcia
      March 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Also #pixel spreadsheet art is genius. I can’t wait to try it.

  111. Kenny Hargrove
    Kenny Hargrove
    March 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm


    Hosting a group origami event is a creative way to provide an opportunity to discuss issues around written and verbal communication. It emphasises how poorly communicated information can be misinterpreted.

    Just one of many approaches suggested at Teambuilding.com – check it out here: https://teambuilding.com/events/online-office-games

    P.S. I don’t work for them. Just something I found while strolling along on the internet from self-quarantine. :/

  112. Timothy McGarry
    Timothy McGarry
    March 27, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I do believe one, unless I had accidentally skimmed past it, that wasn’t thought of was:

    While in a work at home environment, there is the showing of one’s home, which was there, but, what of what everyone eats? Sharing recipes, whether to be able to make them in large amounts for the sake of Tupperware, or otherwise, with quickly available foods. How one seasons, what little quirks someone may have during the part of their cooking, do they spin while removing eggs for the trash can or the disposal? It is a glorious opportunity that can easily be done with a phone or laptop for the call to share in something that can be fun for so many who enjoy cooking. For those who don’t, they can still share what is quick for them, what they like. This would make and create more connection with those of the call, while having some time away from work, and everyone needs a break.

  113. Alanna
    March 27, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Another fun team builder that could be played remotely is a take on Hearing Things. In this game, one person wears headphones that make loud, random noises while someone else reads a card to them and they have to try to read the other person’s lips. In a remote team building setting, each person writes one thing they appreciate about the team member to their right/left on the screen and mute themselves as they read. When it is time for that person to guess, the author mutes themselves and everyone else plays on the team their favorite song to create the “distracting” noise. After the person guesses correctly, it moves onto the next person. Simultaneously a fun activity with your team and a gratitude exercise!

  114. Sarah Garnes
    Sarah Garnes
    March 27, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    QTT is essential for a strong and productive company. For example Ice Breaker questions for every virtual team meeting. IE: Their name and location and one thing they did after work the previous day.

  115. Taylor Roberts
    Taylor Roberts
    March 27, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    An exciting remote team building exercise could consist of having a themed dress up relay race/workout. On Thursday, dress up in jazzercise/80’s gear and participate in a 30-60 minute workout session. To add a competitive aspect to this, you can create teams and a relay race. Whoever completes 15 push ups passes onto the next team member that has to complete 20 jumping jacks, so on and so forth until a team finishes first. Working from home can consist of sitting for long periods of time and this can help gear a healthy lifestyle/work style. This is an energetic, funny, and proactive way to interact with remote employees.

  116. Kevin Krebs
    Kevin Krebs
    March 27, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Nothing beats in person events, activities, and connections… however I love anything with trivia and a competition mixed with gamification. One of my favorite games is “Cards Against Humanity”… however I realize that it can easily get too person haha… so, maybe a version of a game such as that focused on co-workers, cleaner, but still hilariously fun and an added component of video recordings, maybe a truth or dare mixed in, winners for several different “best of” categories and team winners as well.

  117. Sajeda Cupido
    Sajeda Cupido
    March 27, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I love the idea of creating a slack channel to post cute pictures of pets. It provides employees with the opportunity to share something personal in their lives with the rest of their coworkers. Because of the casual nature of the activity, it also allows them to focus on something that means a lot to them if they’re someone who isn’t as interested in trivia or games.

  118. David
    March 27, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    These are all excellent team building activities! I think that a murder mystery would be very fun, and it would translate easily over video for a remote teams.

  119. Karissa
    March 27, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I love all these team building activities, I was thinking another good remote activity would be that we all can come up with games where we have to work together and listen to the description from others with out saying what the word is to help us complete the puzzle/game, using clues each other’s descriptions to figure out what the item is working together to complete.

  120. Alex Sherman
    Alex Sherman
    March 28, 2020 at 12:51 am

    As with most teachers in this country, I am starting to teach digitally given the current COVID-19 crisis. I most likely won’t see my fellow teachers in person any time soon, so some of these area great to keep our minds and moral up and working! I especially like the Jeopardy idea, and that is translatable from co-workers to student virtual meet-ups. Thanks!

  121. Samuel Harvell
    Samuel Harvell
    March 28, 2020 at 2:44 am


    These are amazing activities for team building, all of which provide an outlet for employees to have fun while also learning how to support and encourage one another. Given the increasing popularity of work-from-home opportunities, an activity I thought would keep employees actively engaged would be to identify their favorite movie of all time, their favorite line (s) from their favorite character in the movie, and act-out that line (s) exactly as the movie character (facial expression, mannerisms, etc.). Many of the movie scenes can be shown via You Tube during the virtual activity and a “virtual panel” can be assigned to determine which participant was “perfect” in expressing the movie character’s line (s).

  122. Shelby
    March 28, 2020 at 8:46 am

    There are many strategy board games that pit the team against the board game to win. It would be awesome to have a remote game where the team can work together to defeat the game! My friends and I play tons of strategy board games, and it definitely creates a great environment for team building. By the way, I love the MTV Cribs idea!

  123. Christian
    March 28, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Like many people I’m a big music fan. You can do “Name That Tune” type competitions as team building events. You can either play segments of song and have folks guess the title, artists, etc. For even more involvement you can have people sing the song (or hum for the shy people in the virtual rooms).

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