47 Fun Remote Team Building Activities | Perfect for Virtual Team Building!

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 16 2020

As the novel coronavirus has made it so that more people are working from home than ever before, it has also made group work tough. When you lose face-to-face interaction with your co-workers and colleagues, you risk losing connection and synergy that is necessary for a high-performing team. The answer – virtual team building activities.

In a Buffer survey of over 3,500 remote workers, the things that people struggled with the most this year were communication/collaboration and feelings of loneliness. In order to foster an environment that produces high-quality work from high-performing teams, employers are going to have to make a serious effort to build up team morale. We believe that one of the best ways to do that when working remotely is to gather up some virtual team activities that your group can participate in regularly – from the comfort of their home!


What is Virtual Team Building?

Virtual team building is a way of gathering an entire team of people – from wherever they are in the world – and having them all participate in a single activity that is aimed at boosting communication, morale, collaboration, and connection. Virtual team building activities should be accessible to all of the members in your team, and they should have some elements of fun, as well. Although the main goal of team building exercises is to produce high-quality work while on the job, you don’t want your team to feel like remote team building is a chore.

Remote team building exercises – if well-designed and executed – should be something that your team looks forward to when they see it on the calendar. These types of activities are meant to give your team a little break from the everyday stress of the job and really enjoy some time with their teammates. After all, everyone is working through a global pandemic right now. Times are tough!


Why are Virtual Team Building Activities Important?

Aside from giving teams a chance to kick back and have some fun, virtual team building helps to foster connections that are necessary for mental wellness in individuals and the general wellness of the team, at large. If individuals are feeling isolated from their teams, they likely aren’t going to collaborate well, even if they have in the past. Going months without seeing co-workers and colleges in-person can damage the professional (and personal) relationships that they have with one another. When these relationships are damaged, there’s no doubt that the team as a whole will suffer.

Virtual team building is so important because it gives individuals a chance to (re)connect with each other in a meaningful way – to have some fun with one another and remind themselves that being an active participant in a group leads to higher rates of success and increased feelings of self-efficacy. 

If there’s one thing that the whole world needs more of right now, it’s genuine connection. That can be hard to find in a climate where it is unsafe to be less than 6-feet from another person at any given time. Virtual team building activities are meant to provide individual team members with a feeling of closeness to the others in their group, so they are reminded that they’re all in this together.


When Should Virtual Team Building Activities Be Utilized?

Virtual team building activities aren’t only meant for groups that have already been established! They are also a great way for new people to get introduced to one another or to find people that you want to recruit into your already established group. There’s almost never a wrong time to utilize virtual team building exercises, but just in case you need some inspiration, here ya go:

Recruitment – Hiring team members without the ability to meet them face-to-face can be a daunting task. Using remote team building exercises can be a great way to introduce recruits to the team and get them acclimated in their new virtual work environment.

Leadership development – Placing someone in a leadership position during a virtual team building exercise gives them a chance to sharpen their skills in a low-stakes environment. It also helps team members learn their leader’s style of work, develop trust, and provide feedback.

Culture and team building – Every office has their own culture that influences their work. Virtual team building exercises give a work place the opportunity to instill that culture within their employees by taking them away from their work, temporarily, to show them what is important to the success of the company. Many companies like to show their employees that they are the most important contributing factor to their success, so their happiness is of utmost importance.

Special events/conference entertainment – If your company is gearing up for a special event or conference, it might be the perfect time to let loose and have some fun with people who are outside of your everyday team. 

Employee appreciation – Virtual team building exercises can be a reward for your team’s dedication and hard work. It’s very important to remind your employees that you appreciate them continuing to perform well during these uncertain times.


Options for Virtual Team Building Activities

There are so many different options for virtual team building exercises, and we recommend trying out as many as you can – without sacrificing productivity, of course. Trying out different activities will give your team members a chance to discover what they like and what works for them. If they find that certain activities aren’t for them, you’ll want to just scratch those off the list and try a different activity next time. The goal here is to get people excited about working together, not dread a work-related activity.

We’ve got a long list here! To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve broken it up into three categories that should help you find just what you’re looking for:

1.Virtual team activities that are focused on team development

2.Virtual team activities that are meant to boost team morale and spirit

3.Virtual team activities that are quick, easy, and free

By this point, you’re probably reeling with anticipation to discover some of the best remote team building activities, so let’s jump right in.

Virtual team building activities focus on team development.

1.The Escape Game Remote Adventures

Escape room adventures are a group activity that requires cohesive teamwork in order to complete a mission. You can think of escape room adventures as kind of like a video game. Except instead of a remote-controlled player, you and your teammates are directly interacting with the game. Here at The Escape Game, we created a virtual version of our escape rooms so players from all over the world can work together towards a common goal – and share some laughs while doing so! The Escape Game Remote Adventures can be played with a free video conferencing service like Zoom. 

Price: $30/person

Duration: 60-minute

Great for: Under 10 people

2.The Escape Game: Unlocked for Teams

In Unlocked For Teams, we can accommodate 10 or more players at the same time (when we say more, we mean more… you can add over 1,000 players). The way this is works is everyone signs into the game through a Zoom link and then the group is separated into 3-5 smaller groups. Each group is then given a mission and must practice excellent collaboration and communication skills so they can complete their tasks before the other teams and win!

You can also try out an Unlocked online escape room adventure on your own at any time. The Escape Game created Unlocked as a way for their fans to experience the excitement of an escape room at home. Unlocked for Teams takes The Escape Game’s Unlocked games and puts them in a format for large (even huge) groups.

Price: Varies

Duration 60-minutes

Great for: Large groups

3. Scavify Virtual Scavenger Hunt

The Scavify app allows teams to interact with each other and their environment is a really fun way. Scavenger hunts are totally customizable so you can make it work to fit exactly what your team needs. For example, if you’re all in the same city, you can create a scavenger hunt that requires you to find/interact with specific landmarks. If you’re spread out all over the world, you might tailor the game to hunt things that can be found inside most homes. Scavenger hunts boost team development by encouraging people to work together in teams to beat the others.

Price: Varies

Duration: Varies

Great for: Any size group

4. Whodunnit Murder Mystery

Murder mystery events are like a game of Clue in real life. With the Whodunnit Murder Mystery app, you and your team can play right from your home! To make it feel like you’re all playing a cohesive game, Whodunnit recommends that each player dresses up and decorates their surroundings for the occasion. Of course, that’s absolutely not necessary. Whodunnit Murder Mystery games are divided into 5 parts:

– Meet and Greet: Characters are introduced to one another

– Bon Appetit: Guests mingle while having appetizers and drinks

– Someone dies: The host makes the announcement

– After the Murder: Guests must try and discover who among them is the murderer

– Whodunnit?: Guests vote on who they believe “dunnit”

Price: $24.99

Duration: Varies

Great for: Small-medium groups (needs at least 7 players)

5. Quiplash

Quiplash is a fun, quick, and easy game that allows teams a chance to collaborate and laugh together. The way that the game works is this: A virtual “card” is pulled with a prompt like “A better name for France.” Players will come up with the funniest answer that they can think of and the rest of the group will vote to choose the best answer. Whoever’s answer wins, they win that round! Pretty simple. The game accommodates up to 8 players, but up to 10,000 audience members that are allowed to weigh in on the votes. So, if you have an extra-large team, everyone can take turns playing and voting!

Price: $9.99

Duration: ~15+ minutes

Great for: Groups of 3 or more

6. Fishbowl

Can’t decide between Taboo, Charades, and a memory game? With Fishbowl, you don’t have to because it’s all three games in one! Playing is super easy. One person hosts the game and sends out a link to the other players. The players will randomly be split into two teams that play against one another. They will take turns guessing what is on the provided card while racing against the clock! There are three rounds in each game: first Taboo, then Charades, and finally a Password. The team that guesses the most cards in each round is the winner!

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: At least 4 players

7. Team Trivia

This game isn’t like your typical game of Trivial Pursuit. To really build connections between team members, you can create a trivia game that is based on each individual! Of course, you don’t want to get too personal. Keep questions light and fun like, “Where was _____ born?” or “How does ______ take their coffee?” You can play team trivia with as many people as you want through your favorite video conferencing software. Zoom is highly recommended, but you can also use Google Meet or Webex.

Price: Free

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Great for: Groups of all sizes

8. The Pitch

Get your large teams working together toward a common goal that is work-related but still al ton of fun. In this remote team building activity, teams have to create a “pitch” to present to the host/rest of the team. The whole team is divided up into a few smaller teams that go off into random Zoom Breakout Rooms and work on their plan. The pitch topic will be chosen by a single person, usually the host, and the same task will be given to each group. Task ideas should be fun and relatively easy like “write a company jingle” or, “pitch a commercial idea.” Everyone is given a time allotment and once the time is up, they reconvene in the main Zoom room, present their pitches, and the winner is voted on by a panel of judges.

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Large groups

9. Virtual Team Pursuit

There are so many activities too choose from out Outback Team Building’s app. No matter where in the world you are, your team can participate in activities that were carefully designed to promote team building, cooperation, communication, and fun! Through a series on mental, physical, skill, and mystery challenges, teams can earn points as they go. Along the way, they are sure to learn more about their teammates, learn more about themselves, and become a stronger team, all around. In the end, the team with the most points is the winner!

Price: $7-$48/person

Duration: 60-120 minutes

Great for: Large groups (accommodates groups up to 1000+ members, with teams of 3-8 members)

10. Virtual Pictionary

Pictionary is a classic game where a group of people get together, pull a card, and do their very best to draw out whatever the card says while others try to guess. This game can produce some particularly funny guesses and maybe even discover that there’s an artist in your midst! Scribbl designed a virtual Pictionary game that can be played in private, online rooms. You can also create your very own Pictionary game by gathering a list of topics (“cards”) for your team to choose from and then draw out on a piece of paper. Just make sure the paper is visible to the whole team while you’re drawing!

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Medium groups (Scribbl allows up to 12 players)

11. Game Night with Jackbox Games

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned game night. Well, since this one is 100% digital, perhaps it’s a good, NEW-fashioned game night. Either way, Jackbox Games has a variety of games that you can play with 3-8 players and hundreds to thousands of audience members. You can choose from standalone games or purchase an entire party pack so your team can choose from a few different games each time you play. No matter what you pick, your team is sure to have a blast a with each other!

Price: $6.99+

Duration: Varies

Great or: Large groups (accommodates groups up to 1000+ members, with teams of 4-8 members)

12. Virtual Van Gogh Museum Scavenger Hunt

Grab your team and head to the Netherlands to explore the Vincent Van Gogh art museum! The Escape Game has created a free scavenger hunt that prompts players to hunt through the museum and find objects like “a portrait with a pipe,” and “a spotted veil.” Simply send the link to your team and begin your adventure! Feel free to customize the scavenger hunt with if you’d like!

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Larger groups

13. Virtual Scavenger Hunt at The Getty

You and your team can find yourselves at The Getty in sunny California with this virtual scavenger hunt by The Escape Game. There are six buildings at the Getty, so this hunt would be perfect for larger groups that can split up into teams! Just make sure you get a screenshot “standing” in front of the item that you have to find so you can check it off your list.

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Larger groups

14. Virtual Scavenger Hunt at The British Museum

Hop over the pond to London, England and explore over 8 million pieces of work at the British Museum! The Escape Game has a list of items that you and your team can hunt for while exploring some of history’s oldest artifacts. The first one to complete their list wins!

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Groups of any size

15. Virtual Scavenger Hunt at The National Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs, insects, crystals, oh my! Check out all the wonders at the National Museum of Natural History in New York City with the virtual scavenger hunt from The Escape Game. This virtual team building exercise is fun for groups of all sizes and can be played anywhere in the world!

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Groups of any size

16. Virtual Scavenger Hunt at The National Air and Space Museum

One of the many historically significant things to see in Washington D.C. is the National Air and Space Museum. Grab the scavenger hunt list from The Escape Game (or create your own!) and clink the link for a virtual tour of the museum. Screen shot yourself “standing” in front of items on the list and find every item before the rest of the players so you can win!

Price: Free

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Great for: Groups of any size

17. Mock Shark Tank

Put your team’s creative, persuasion, and presentation skills to the test with a game of Shark Tank! In this game, the team leader will act as the “investor,” and either pairs (if their group is small) or teams (if their group is large) will be expected to come up with a fictional product that they pitch to the investor. The team whose pitch gets picked is the winner!

Price: Free

Duration: 90-minutes

Great for: Medium groups, split into teams of 2-6

18. Blind Origami

This is a great game for teams to use if they want to build trust and strengthen their listening skills. Break your team up into pairs and send one person in each pair an origami pattern with instructions. You can easily find them on a variety of craft sites like origami.me. Either over video or messenger, the person with the instructions will guide their partner through each fold and rotation of the paper until they have finished creating their masterpiece. Whoever’s result is as close to the actual design wins! Note: if you conduct this virtual team building activity over video conferencing software, make sure the cameras are off!

19. Kahoot!

Kahoot created a fun software that allows team leaders to create quizzes for their groups. They’re a great way to get team members involved with each other by asking questions that are pertinent to their jobs, the company, or themselves. You can keep things light and fun with this virtual team building activity by asking questions that don’t carry any weight – you want to inspire your team to think about their answers without putting them in a mindset that feels like they’re right back at work. Or, have each team member send in a fact and create a quiz where people try to guess who it belongs to! Remember, this is all fun and games that has the added bonus of bringing team members closer together.

Price: $10-$60/month

Duration: Varies

Great for: Groups of all sizes

20. Recipe Swap

Everyone has to eat, and many people are eating at home much more than they’re eating out these days, so why not make a little fun out of it? Have each member of your team write down their favorite recipe and send it to another person in the group. You can either send everyone off to make it themselves and report back with pictures and their thoughts on the recipe, or you can make it a group activity by having everyone hop on Zoom at the same time while they make their assigned dish. The latter method can be great for building team communication because each original recipe holder is right there to answer questions!

Price: Varies

Duration: ~60-minutes

Great for: Small to medium groups

21. Virtual Game Night In

Game Night Out was originally created to be an in-person event where teams of people would go out to play game night instead of going to a host’s house. When social distancing rules were put into place, they created Game Night In so everyone can participate from the comfort of their own homes, but sill benefit from having a host that’s provided by Game Night Out. Your group will be divided into multiple teams for this virtual team building event and play games that focus on skill, logic, strategy, pop culture knowledge, and more

Price: $149

Duration: 90-minutes

Great for: Groups of 4-12

That’s our complete list of virtual team building activities that are great for team development! Each and every one of these activities focus on a skill that is absolutely necessary for high-performing groups to have – communication, trust, a sense of humor, creativity, critical thinking, listening, and more.

22. Tiny Virtual Campfire

Can’t get the team together for a camping trip? Bring the camping trip to your home – complete with a campfire! Okay, not a real one. This virtual team building exercise is hosted by Tiny Campfire, and they provide everything that your team needs to feel like they’re sitting around a campfire with their team. One week before your scheduled event, they ship out a tiny campfire kit that includes a mini candle, wood matches, and s’more ingredients. During the event, a Camp Counselor facilitates team building activities like little competitions, ice breakers, ghost stories, and more!

Price: Varies

Duration: 90-minutes

Great for: Teams of all sizes

Now, we’re going to slow it down a bit and provide you with a few examples of remote team building exercises that are meant to just show your teams that they can have a great time together. Although these virtual team building activities may not focus on any skills that are particularly important to developing cohesive teams, they all get your team together so they can work on fostering connections with one another – something that is just as important as any skill.

23. Virtual Farm Tour

Is there anything that makes people happier than seeing farm animals living their best lives? It’s debatable! With a virtual farm tour from Sweet Farm, you can brighten up everyone’s day with a livestream of various rescued animals. Once you’ve singed your team up for a “Goat-2-Meeting,” the host will send you a link for the video conference. During the event, they will give a brief farm tour and introduce your team to the animals that they see along the way. It’s the perfect way to end a long, hard week at work! Note: corporate tours will be asked to provide their own video conference meeting link for the platform of their choice.

Price: $100-$250

Duration: 10-20 minutes

Great for: Groups of all sizes

24. Houseparty

Don’t worry, no one is opening their home up for a party! We’re keeping things virtual, remember? Houseparty is an app that allows small teams to come together for some game night fun. There are four games available on Houseparty: Heads Up!, Trivia, Quick Draw, and Chips and Guac!. This handy app makes it easy for up to 8 people to join and play some of their favorite games right from their phone.

Price: Free

Duration: 15+ minutes

Great for: Small groups

25. Painting Class

Paintly takes a concept that was popularized by “Paint and Sip” events and takes it to the virtual world! They make it super easy for everyone to get involved in this virtual team building event, so all your team has to do is sign into the video conference on whichever platform you choose. Paintly will send customizable (ask them to add a snack or beverage!) paint kits to each team member, and an instructional video. Settle in, maybe grab a glass of wine, and put your creativity to the test – everyone’s creating their own masterpiece with a virtual painting class!

Price: $100-$200

Duration: ~60-minutes

Great for: Small groups

26. Virtual Open Mic

Get to know your team’s hidden talents with a virtual open mic night! This remote team building activity can be a great way for people to show off, or just sit back and enjoy the presentations – no pressure to participate! To facilitate this event, have everyone sign into the video conference room of your choice, and take turns on the “mic.” To make things flow smoothly, have a sign-up sheet before-hand that will show who goes when, and what they’re performing.

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Groups of all sizes

27. Virtual Cooking Class

To get your team to participate in a virtual team building booking class, send each member the ingredients that they need to buy and have someone take the lead in showing everyone how to make an epic lunch! Take notes on each meal’s appearance and have each person give tasting notes, too. When everyone is done eating, have a vote for whose meal came out the best! If the first round goes well, you could make this a weekly event by having the winner choose next week’s meal.

Price: Varies by meal

Duration: ~60-minutes

Great for: Small to medium groups

28. Movie Night

If you’re looking for a virtual team building event that is just about kicking back and relaxing together, a movie night is the way to go! Teleparty connects right to Hulu, Netlifx, Disney+, and HBO Max, synchronizes the video on each viewer’s screen, and opens a chat feature so people can make comments about the movie without interrupting anyone’s viewing experience. 

29. Pasta with the Grandmas

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook Italian delicacies like an Italian grandma? Now, you can with Airbnb’s virtual team building events. There is a different recipe for each day of the week, so your team just has to decide which recipe sounds the most enticing (or easiest), book a date on the calendar, and then show up to the event! The host will send out information for the live streaming event along with a list of ingredients and tools each person will need. 

Price: $39+/person

Duration: 90-minutes

Great for: Groups of up to 10. Private bookings can be made for groups of up to 100.

30. World’s Top Coffee Masterclass

Finally, you can learn how to brew that perfect cup of coffee! Be careful with this one… your team might be asking for some new coffee equipment the next time you’re all in the office together. Most people rush in the morning to get their caffeine fix and they don’t care much about what is in their cup as long as it perks them up. This class teaches the nuance of coffee so your team can craft their own perfect cup every morning and make coffee an experience that they can truly enjoy.

Price: $9+/person

Duration: 60-minutes

Great for: Groups of up to 10. Private bookings can be made for groups of up to 500.

31. Coffee Roasting Up Close and Personal

If your team loves coffee, they might be keen to learn where it comes from. This Airbnb virtual team building experience take you right to Columbia, where some of the best coffee in the world comes from. They will walk you through the entire process from hulling the coffee beans, to roasting them, and finally, grinding them up to brew a cup of coffee. This is a great activity for teams that don’t want to have too much interaction with the event – all you have to do is watch and enjoy!

Price: $9+/person

Duration: 60-minutes

Great for: Groups of up to 10. Private bookings can be made for groups of up to 30.

32. Meet My Bees

Head off to Portugal and Meet Joana and her bees in this Airbnb virtual experience. She will introduce your team to her beehive and teach everyone about their super pollinating powers, anatomy, and how to bring more into your own garden! There will also be a fun quiz during this team building activity to see how much you already know about bees. If you book around the holidays, you can take part in a special Christmas tradition with Joana and her bees.

Price: $19+/person

Duration: 60-minutes

Great for: Groups of up to 10. Private bookings can be made for groups of up to 100.

33. Virtually Explore Central Park in NYC

Through an Amazon live virtual experience, you and your team can travel the world without leaving your homes! New York’s Central Park is a sight to behold, especially in the wintertime when the snow falls. The virtual adventure takes you on a “walk” that is a half-mile long. Along the way, a virtual guide will share some secrets about the park’s past as well as point out significant monuments. Keep in mind that this Amazon experience can only be viewed by one computer, so you may need to set up a screen sharing system with your team.

Price: $95

Duration: 60-minutes

Great for: Small groups

34. Virtual Tour of Prague

For one hour, a host will walk you through the streets of Old Town Prague. While weaving stories of the town’s history into your tour, the host will also point out significant landmarks like the church the inspired Cinderella’s castle, the world’s oldest functioning clock, and the location where Mozart conducted the premier of Don Giovanni. Keep in mind that this Amazon experience can only be viewed by one computer, so you may need to set up a screen sharing system with your team.

Price: $75

Duration: 60-minutes

Great for: Small groups

35. Learn How Leather is Made with Hardmill

Go on a journey through a small leather workshop in Seattle and see how leather is made, learn how to identify quality leather, and shop for some exquisite pieces for yourself after the tour! Keep in mind that this Amazon experience can only be viewed by one computer, so you may need to set up a screen sharing system with your team.

Price: $20

Duration: 30-minutes

Great for: Small groups

36. Psych! App

Outwit your teammates with this fun app designed by comedian Ellen DeGeneres. In this team building exercise that you can play on Zoom, one person will have to make up fake answers to trivia questions, with the true answer hidden among them. If someone chooses the real correct answer, they get a point. However, if they choose the Psych! answer, the player who provided that answer would get a point for each person that guessed it.

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Medium groups

37. Mario Kart Tour

Sometimes, there’s just nothing like a throwback video game. This version of Mario Kart can be played right from each individual’s iPhone or Android, and it’s completely free to play so you don’t have to worry about making sure everyone has the same gaming console at home. Mario Kart allows you to race through worlds as a team to instill a little bit of friendly competition. Note: each team member will have to play a few rounds until the multiplayer option is unlocked.

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Small to medium groups

Still with us? Great! We’re about to head into our third and final section of virtual team building ideas: quick and free exercises. These exercises are well-suited for smaller companies that may not have the funds to treat their teams to a remote adventure, but they’re also great just to have in your back pocket for those times when there’s a lull in business and you want to fill it with some kind of group activity. 

Quick and Free Remote Team Building Exercises

38. Virtual Coffee Break

Taking a coffee break is an important part of office culture in some workplaces. If your team has been sent home to work remotely for the foreseeable future, they might be missing these small moments of casual comradery with their co-workers. Schedule an optional coffee break into your day and have everyone sign into your Zoom conference room. Just let the conversation flow freely for 10-15 minutes and give everyone a chance to clear their head before they get back to work.

Price: Free

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Great for: Small to medium groups

39. Team Dictionary

One of the most interesting things about language is that it can be manipulated and changed to suit different needs. Heck, it can even be completely made up sometimes! When you spend a lot of time together, there’s bound to be some words and phrases (real or fake) that spark certain memories. Grab a notebook and a pen – or open a Google Doc… it is 2021 after all – and start compiling a list of all the terms that stand out to your team. Write down their definitions, too! It will be fun to reminisce on old memories and have a language that only your group understands will strengthen ties.

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Groups of all sizes

40. The 5-Minute Personality Test

This quick and fun personality test is perfect for team building because it helps each participant discover a little bit about themselves – and about their team members. Learning how different people work will enable each person to understand them a little bit better and hopefully give them insight to their strengths and weaknesses. Once these have been uncovered, you can get a clearer picture of where each person fits within the team. For example, this five-minute personality test divides people up into four categories: Lions, Otters, Golden Retrievers, and Beavers. If you have a lion in your midst, you may want to put them in a position of leadership. Once everyone is finished, spend a few minutes discussing the results. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Price: Free

Duration: 15-minutes

Great for: Small-medium groups

41. A Penny for Your Thoughts

This game was created by Michelle Cummings of Training Wheels, an online team building service. Each team member brings a penny to the event with them. They check the date on the penny and tell a story about something significant that happened to them that year. Encourage the group to get creative here! If the date was before their time, have them try to think of something that happened in history that may have created a butterfly effect and led them to where they are today.

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Small-medium groups 

42. Map Your Team

Create an interactive map on Pollev and have each member of your team put their current location on the map! This activity is especially fun if your team is all over the world. If you are all in the same area, you could map our significant locations. For example, the farthest place they have traveled, their favorite place to get dinner, or where they went to school.

Price: Free

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Great for: Groups of all sizes

43. Show and Tell

Challenge your team’s quick thinking and creative skills by asking them to grab an object within arm’s reach and tell a story about it in one-minute. The story doesn’t have to be true! It can be as funny and bizarre as they like. 

Price: Free

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Great for: Small to medium groups

44. Daily “Get to Know Your Team” Questions

This activity can be really easy to implement into your team’s everyday routine. Say you have a meeting every morning to kick off the day. You can do a quick little team building exercise at the end of every meeting by asking each member of your team to answer a question about themselves. This might be “what was your dream job when you were 8 years old?” or “where do you most want to travel to?” To add some competition to this remote team building exercise, you can have a quiz at the end of each week to see who learned the most about whom!

Price: Free

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Great for: Small groups

45. Virtual Dance Party

Leave your team on a good note at the end of every day by hosting a mini virtual dance party! Have each person take turns picking a song that everyone can shake off the stress of the day to. It can be fun to see the different music tastes that you have floating around in your group, and you might find a new favorite song or two!

Price: Free

Duration: 5-minutes

Great for: Groups of all sizes

46. Typing Race

Put your team’s typing skills to the test and see who has what it takes to out-type the rest! This remote team building exercise can be a fun way to fill some time with a little bit of friendly competition. Plus, it might ignite a fire in your team to sharpen their typing skills! One great aspect of this test is that it can be done individually at any time. If your team is in different time zones, it might be hard to get everyone together for a single group activity. With this typing test, everyone can take it when it’s convenient and record their scored in a sharable document like a Google Doc. For a comprehensive list of other typing games click here.

Price: Free

Duration: 1-10 minutes

Great for: Groups of all sizes

47. Two Truths and a Lie

This game is a really fun way to learn about your team while putting their quick-thinking skills to the test. Each person goes around and thinks of one fact about themselves and two lies. The other members of the group will have to determine which one is the lie! 

Price: Free

Duration: Varies

Great for: Small to medium groups

And there you have it! Our 47 best virtual team building activities for remote workers! If you’ve never planned a virtual team building event, we are willing to risk a bet that you have a few questions about how to get one all set up for your team. Just like any event, there’s a lot that goes into scheduling a team building exercise. You have to be cognizant of each individual’s schedule, how accessible a game is to the members in your group, and what you think your team will be interested in. These next two sections will give you some tips for virtual event planning and answer some frequently asked questions.

Virtual event planning tips

When you’re planning a virtual team building exercise, you want the event to go off as smoothly and successfully as possible. A well-executed event will ensure that your team gets value out of the experience, so they’ll look forward to the next event! Use the following tips to help you with the planning process

1. Understand your audience

Even if you’ve been working with a team for some time, there’s always the possibility that you don’t really understand who they are and what they like. But that’s exactly what you’ll start to learn as you start to plan and execute these events!

A few weeks before the event, let your team know that you’ve got some ideas in the works and ask them for their input. Consider sending out a survey that asks questions like

-What types of events are you most interested in? (provide a list)

-How comfortable are you with technology?

-How often would you like to participate in team building events?

-Do you prefer longer events, or shorter?

2. Post the event on a shared calendar

Give your team ample notice for the event and put in in a calendar that everyone has access to. Make sure you send out an email that notifies your team that a new event has been added!

3. Promote the event

Make a Facebook Event for your remote teambuilding exercise and get everyone who’s going to attend to RSVP. This can be especially helpful if you’re working with a pretty large group and you don’t have direct contact with every member. Send out regular emails to everyone on the company email list and promote the event on social media, too. Utilize every avenue so no one can say that they didn’t know!

4. Make sure your event is accessible and inclusive

This tip is especially important if you are inviting people that you don’t work directly with every day. You never know the circumstances that may prevent someone from being able to participate in an event so double-check that you’ve got clear audio, captions, large font, and high color contrast.

5. Ask for feedback

At the conclusion of the event, send out another survey that asks your team how everything went. If you were to host a similar event in the future, is there anything that they would like to see done differently? What would they like to see more of? Are there elements that you should eliminate?

Use these tips for virtual event planning and your remote team building exercises will start off with a bang and get better every time.

You now have everything you need to create a fun and memorable virtual team building experience at work! Or – from home, rather. There are so many great options to choose from on this list. You can select whichever ones you think will work best for the members of your team and rotate through or pick a new one every week until you’ve tried all 47! Team building is a necessary element for groups of all sizes and it’s more important than ever now that so many of us are working from home, unable to have that face-to-face connection with our co-workers and colleagues. Start working better together with a virtual team building exercise!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I budget for a virtual team building event?

There are many virtual team building events that are completely free. Otherwise, you can often find pricing by going to an event host’s webpage, or by asking for a quote.

What if part of my team works in the office and part of the ream is remote?

The great thing about virtual team building events is the fact that they can be done form anywhere! Your team that works in the office will just need access to a computer to participate in the event.

How often should I plan team building events?

You don’t want to plan too many team building exercises and burn out your group. Even if an event is a ton of fun, they may feel like they’ve had too much stimulation and start to check out. Plan out a team building schedule that works for your group. It might look like one small event at the end of every week and one big event every month. 

How far in advance should I plan my team building event?

You can start planning a month or so in advance. You want to give yourself ample time to work out the kinks that come along with event planning and give your team enough notice, so they aren’t caught off guard.

Why do some team building activities fail?

If your team building exercise encourages too much socialization over skill building, or creates too much competition between team members, it may not work. You want to find events that meet somewhere in the middle – that facilitate bonds while pushing team members to do their best and accomplish a task at hand.

Other team building activities fail because they were planned by someone that doesn’t understand their group very well. For example, if you have a group of people what work well together, but they’re pretty introverted otherwise, an open mic night might make them uncomfortable. 

For even more team building ideas, check out this post from our friends at TimeDoctor.

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