One of the most important factors in a productive team is how they treat each other. Team building helps employees build relationships with one another and encourages them to treat each other well.
COVID-19 has made it especially hard to get to know coworkers. This is especially true for large firms that need large gatherings to give everyone a chance to mingle. If you are feeling a little disconnected at work, don’t be afraid to plan team building activities on your own.
For some great team building ideas, check out the list below.
1. Get Digital
Can you imagine how dreary quarantine was during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1912? Not only did they suffer without the internet to distract them, but less than half of American homes even had electricity. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to team build online today.
One popular app is Squad, which allows up to 6 users to share their screens while they video chat. This is ideal for a small team that wants to share content. They might share photos of their family or something aligned with a chosen theme for the activity.
Another awesome software, the Chrome extension Netflix Party, allows friends to video chat as they watch Netflix together.
2. Go Outdoors
Going outdoors is the healthiest way to bond with coworkers while also minimizing the risk of spreading coronavirus. Something as simple as a picnic or barbecue at the park can help everyone release stress and get some much needed fresh air.
For more fitness-minded coworkers, consider starting an outdoor exercise program. An easy-going option like yoga might be better suited for larger groups.
3. Online Games
Using one of the many different video apps, it’s easy to host a game night. The options can vary from Pictionary to trivia. For something more personal, consider answering quizzes and sharing responses. More adventurous coworkers can start an online karaoke competition.
4. Pick Up a Hobby
If any coworkers have an interesting skill or hobby to share, now is the time to do so. People do not need to be gathered in-person to learn — distance learning has been a thing across colleges for years now.
Painting, drawing, Photoshop, or even learning a new language together can be a great bonding experience. Even something like a leather workshop can be doable if the venue complies with social distancing rules.
5. Start a Book Club
A book club is a great excuse to drink wine together, or just to read a book if you’re into that. Hosting book club discussions is the perfect way to get coworkers talking together, improving their communication skills with one another.
More Team Building Activities
Of course, there are far more than just 5 team building activities out there. There are many different outdoor activities that are perfect for team building, as long as everyone keeps their masks on, maintains 6 feet of distance, and regularly washes their hands.
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