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 that’s ok since most are working from home anyway.
  • This can also be done spontaneously to provide a real peek into the workspace. 
  • This activity can also be done through group chats away from management and other peers from work plainly for fun and engagement among team members. 

7. Online Team Building Bingo

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Online team building bingo is a game that allows people to interact with team members and find out more about each other. This game provides an opportunity to learn about other people in a more fun and open setting without doing it face to face.

How to play:

  • Before starting the game, ask your team members to provide random and obscure facts about themselves that they’re willing to share.
  • Information may include “in charge of the presentation” or “prefers cats over dogs.”
  • Place these tidbits of information about each person within a prepared Bingo board, which would then be given to each participant.
  • Participants then need to identify who these identifiers belong to, placing an X on a box once it’s determined.
  • Prizes are then awarded to whoever gets to finish a row or creates an X first.

8. World Map Quiz Game

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A fun and interactive way to engage your teams is by initiating virtual team-building games that stir up stocked knowledge. A World Map Quiz game is an entertaining and educational way to do this. 

How to play:

  • Using a blank map or a world map quiz game platform, players need to identify countries in the world.
  • Interesting facts about these places can be used as clues.
  • The player that names the most countries for a given time frame wins the game.

9. Online Quiz

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This online quiz is a quick game that provides a progressive manner of finding out about your team members. Players learn about otherwise unasked facts that often go unnoticed, making this one of the more personal virtual team-building games. 

How to play:

  • Using Quizbreaker, an online gaming platform, members are asked to answer up to 100 customized questions that absorb insights about each other.
  • These insights are then used to generate a quiz that members need to answer at the start of conferencing sessions.
  • Every round becomes more challenging and provides more keen insight about each other, tightening relationships among your team members. 
  • You can raise competitiveness by enacting a leaderboard feature that can be displayed with corresponding prizes to amp up the stakes.

10. Virtual Scavenger Hunts

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One of the virtual team-building games that encourage sharp thinking and quick reactions, Virtual Scavenger Hunts are fun and engaging even when done remotely.

How to play:

  • Before video conferencing, prepare an item list that you would need for the game.
  • Once the game begins, call out a particular item from your list that participants need to show. 
  • This can also be a specific task such as “do a cartwheel.”
  • Players have to scramble to find items or fulfill tasks as mentioned.
  • Points can be earned by being the first to accomplish the task or show the thing on the screen.

11. Team Trivia Night

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Virtual team-building games can be social and entertaining, with Team Trivia Nights recreating the experience of a familiar team game favorite. In addition, trivia questions can be personalized to reflect knowledge about each individual in the team or to provide key knowledge about the company or industry.

How to play:

  • As you start your video conference, begin the activity by breaking members into different teams. 
  • The host presents each question to your participants using prepared random trivia questions and provides an allotted time frame.
  • Participants can discuss in separate group chats and present their answers when time runs out.
  • Winners can be encouraged to use work-related incentives, such as providing extra breaks or being in charge of the following fun activity.

12. Remote Karaoke

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Team building is an opportunity for your team members to engage in activities that further their relationships to be more comfortable. And there’s no better way to break down walls than a fun Karaoke Night.

How to play:

  • Each member must choose a song or be assigned one to sing.
  • Participants can use props they can find to add more spark to their performance.
  • Leaders can serve as judges to provide scores, with an awarding ceremony at the end.

Conclusion

Virtual team-building games are a means to connect members, improving communication and working relations along the way. It’s also a fun and engaging manner of dealing with physical separation to avoid feeling burnt out and isolated.

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