12 Virtual Team-Building Games You Can Try

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Although the idea of working remotely isn’t entirely new, the advent of the global pandemic has shifted more businesses to implementing more work-from-home policies. With these changes come more unique challenges that teams now have to face. The lack of meaningful face-to-face interaction daily has become an issue that businesses need to address to maintain productivity and morale. 

This is why activities such as virtual team-building games, which we’re laying out for you to utilize, can solve communication and interaction issues among remote teams. Experts suggest that virtual team-building activities can develop trust among team members and provide a shared identity that can mediate the effects of physical separation. Here are twelve virtual team-building games that you can try:

1. Picture of Your Life

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Everyone has pictures on their smartphones that they can be proud of. This is one of the virtual team-building games that utilize that as an icebreaker. 

How to play:

  • Each team member is encouraged to share a picture of anything from their smartphones.
  • The chosen photo should tell a story to provide insight into the employee. It can be their favorite spot at the park or a picture of their pet. 
  • Employees must share a story behind the picture they’ve shared to provide insight and context as to who they are.

2. Three Truths and a Lie

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A fun and lighthearted game that can eliminate awkwardness among team members. This activity is an entertaining way to get to know more about each other and can be pretty revealing enough to bridge personal barriers.

How to play:

  • At the start of your video conference, remote employees take turns telling three truths and one lie about themselves. 
  • The lie should remain realistic and not too obvious to provide a challenge
  • Other participants need to guess which is the lie, with the first to guess correctly, gaining a point.

3. Spreadsheet Pixel Art

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This virtual team-building game brings out the creativity among your team members and lets them express themselves through a commonly utilized spreadsheet. 

How to play:

  • Using Spreadsheet Pixel Art, which lets you replace numbers into colors that fill up on a cell within a spreadsheet, challenge your team members to create pictures.
  • Numbers from one to nine can be formatted into specific colors, allowing your creativity to take over. 
  • You can even implement this activity as a competitive game. Add in a leaderboard to see who draws better images with every virtual meet. 

4. Bucket List Challenge

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Virtual team-building games can also be a great way to find out what your team members wish to achieve in their lives. The Bucket List Challenge is a great icebreaker that can be pretty insightful as you learn more about your team members.

How to play:

  • Upon starting your video conference, ask your employees to prepare a bucket list and think of what they want to do in their lifetime.
  • After five minutes, allow them each a chance to share their list with the group.
  • If some have the same items on the list, encourage them to work on achieving them together.
  • Encourage your team members to hold each other accountable to make sure they fulfill their bucket lists.

5. Rose & Thorn Virtual Icebreaker

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A thoughtful way of starting a meeting is by finding out how each individual is currently feeling. Many teams use this practice to vent out as it allows everyone to realign and set themselves into the right mood for the day ahead.

How to play:

  • Start the virtual meeting by having each person share their rose or a positive thing that they’re happy about in their day.
  • After sharing their rose, they then have to share their thorn or an obstacle they’re experiencing.
  • They can share both about work, or not related to work, in a space that’s without judgment.
  • This routine provides inter-personal support and can remind members of the positive things that we can focus on instead. 

6. Messy Desk Challenge

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Virtual team-building games can connect people through their workspaces since most remote workers are away from their desks at the office. There’s a social contract that office workers tend to uphold in keeping their desks clean and tidy. However, working from home takes that away with no other people to see how you maintain your space. This activity offers a glimpse at your station away from work as a fun way of interaction. 

How to play:

  • Before starting a meeting, encourage everyone to share a photo of their current home-based workstations.
  • Some stations can be messy, and t