Team building helps create a sense of ownership and bonding that will strengthen a company’s position to reach its goals. It helps a workforce in working together, getting on the same page and improves motivation to complete different tasks within a specific time frame. In this way, productivity can increase while team building exercises will create a strong work culture.
Here are a few examples of how you can do team building exercises virtually:
- Create Weekly Virtual Talks
You should consider holding a weekly or bi-weekly virtual chat with your team on non-work-related things like discussions around TV, video games, books or even about their weekend plans. In this way, everyone has a chance to talk and interact with one another and make eye contact and make them feel as though they were speaking to one another in person.
- Choose a Different Slack Channel for Team Building
You should use Slack for non-work-related conversations. This encourages setting up different channels based on a theme. This could be funny memes or jokes and this prevent formal work chats to be filled with unnecessary messages that would divert the attention towards work. This means that you should create a name, description of the channel and a small message for the remote working policy on how to use chats without distractions coming in the way.
- Make Simulated Problems
Work with your remote team to create and brainstorm on how to solve problems and challenges that are placed in front of them. The simulated problems are tricky and challenging at the same time. Create several situations like handling a PR team or how to solve a difficult financial problem that has the company reeling in debts. All you have to do is help them create strategies, develop step by step processes and help them answer difficult questions. These activities will bring about engagement to build decision making skills and to be able to thing out of the box. This will help them deal with real world problems through these scenarios. This could probably help them get better at their problem-solving issues that they would face in the future.
- Nurture a Virtual Book Club
While reading is a great hobby, it is essential for your professional and daily life. A virtual book club is just what you need to get your remote workers to read and discuss what they liked about their books. Ensure that there are a set of rules to run the book club without a glitch. Here are the two main rules:
a) All members should complete the book that is assigned to them. In case, they have not read the book then they would be excluded from the meeting to ensure greater accountability in the team.
b) Begin with short reads and get employees involved by talking about interesting chapters and what they felt about the book. Then you can switch to longer reads and more challenging books. Book clubs will ensure that there is socializing and exchanging of conversation among employees. This also brings about critical thinking and different opinions. In the long run this helps develop better listening and communicative skills between employees.
Team building will grow on your employees and in turn will build their confidence, communication skills and accountability. This is very important to boost the morale and coordination between teams to get the job done.
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