Team building is an essential part of our lives and the team building activities for groups and teams seem to be stepping up a gear too.
What makes a non-contact team building activity better than any other team building activity, is that it allows for your team to still interact and bond with each other, even in these tough times.
The current pandemic has not only taken a toll on our mental health but also has changed the way we interact with one another. This makes it a lot harder to build a strong team out of your employees and leads to a lower level of productivity. In order to get around this problem, you might want to try out some non-contact team building activities that will help you improve productivity and overall company morale.
Here are some killer non-contact team-building exercises that you could use while practicing social distance.
1. Two truths, one lie
The whole point of this exercise is to have a bit of fun and let everyone get to know each other on a more personal level.
The game is really simple. Everyone on the team needs to think of two truths and one lie about themselves. When everyone is ready, they need to share their two truths and one lie with their teammates. You can share it through video chat or through the chat function if you're using Slack or another online chat platform. After that, everyone else in the group will guess which statement is the lie.
Once everyone has shared their truths and lies, it's time for discussion. Everyone can ask questions about each other's statements and have a casual conversation about their lives outside of work. It's a good way for them to bond as a team under these unusual circumstances.
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As a team-building exercise, you could ask team members to talk about 1 unique and 1 strange thing about themselves. Every team member introduces themselves by describing one unique and one strange trait in 60 seconds. Unique traits could be achievements (e.g. I ran a full marathon or did a Everest base camp trek) and strange traits could be weird qualities of the person (e.g I can eat 2 full biryanis in one go or I can sleep while standing in a moving bus). This is a funny way to get to know your teammates on a personal level.
3. Remote escape room
Playing the Virtual Escape Room is like being on a real-life treasure hunt! You and your team will be locked in a science lab and have 60 minutes to solve clues, puzzles, and riddles before your time runs out! You and your teammates will have the chance to work together to escape before time runs out. Are you up for the challenge?
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4. Virtual Tell a tale
Tell a tale is an easy Team bonding activity. All it requires is a group of people and a story. The first person starts telling the story and then after 2-3 minutes, the second person continues from where the first one left off. Keep going till you reach the end of the story. The best part about this exercise is that no two stories will be the same!
Pictionary is another popular game. This game can be played with 4 or more participants and requires at least 1 pen and paper per team. Each team chooses one person to come to the front while everyone else turns away from them so they don't see what they are drawing. Each team member has 1 minute to draw something on the paper that represents something in your company, team or industry (i.e. a project you're working on, something you do as a team, an aspect of your company culture, etc.). Then each member of each team guesses what the other teams are drawing - fun guaranteed!
6. Hacker track down
Hacker Trackdown is a virtual team-building activity in which coworkers must solve puzzles and decipher secret messages to find the hacker and save the company from his or her cyber attack.This exciting virtual teamwork game forces your team to problem-solve, communicate and work together to stop a super-hacker.
7. Online trivia night
Host an online trivia night for your team on a video call. You can choose a theme for the night, such as movies or music, and everyone can be on a separate screen so as to not hear their teammates. Test your team's knowledge outside the work with these trivia questions!
8. Virtual charades
This is a fun and easy team building activity that can be done online. Follow these simple steps:
- Make 2 teams with an equal number of players.
- Have a list of words or phrases with you.
- Now, take turns to pick the words or phrases from the list and act them out for your team members to guess it.
- The team who guesses the most words correctly in the given time wins the game
The host can then choose the theme which will be used for the game from among various categories like movie titles, celebrities, animal names, song titles and many more.
To sum up
Social distancing is a great way to facilitate teamwork and join the whole team together, it also improves communication between team members because people can no longer hide behind their words. Social distancing team building activities are also fun and break away from the usual routine we spend our days in. They allow for positive relationships to grow amongst the workplace and encourage everyone to open up and be more honest with each other.
Remember, enjoyment is not the only benefit to team building; improved communication, collaboration and understanding of teammates is crucial to developing better relationships. In order for you to get the most out of your team building activities, consider scheduling them at least once a quarter. This will give you space between sessions to discuss how the activities are benefiting your team.
We hope we managed to provide you with positive and fruitful information that will aid you in your next team building sessions. And if there's anything else you'd like to add or suggest, feel free to let us know in the comments down below!