As we near the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down offices around the world, it has become clear that we are no longer working from home but living at work.
The days of commutes, cubicles, and water-cooler chats seem like a distant memory. And one of the most missed aspects of the office is the people that filled it. Though we greet our colleagues through our screens each day, nothing quite compares to catching up over a coffee at lunch, or the collaboration that can come from stopping by someone’s desk.
It can be hard to keep up the camaraderie when you haven’t seen your colleagues in the flesh in almost a year—this can be even more difficult if part of your team was hired during the pandemic and have never met their colleagues—but these companies make it a little easier.
Virtual team building doesn’t have to be awkwardly sharing what’s new with each other (nothing is new; we’re in a global pandemic) or what the last show you watched on Netflix is. It can be engaging and entertaining and full of fun.
With these five ideas, your next virtual team building session will be one that people look forward to instead of dread.
Work Towards a Common Goal
Your Knives Out fantasy is brought to life in the Love in the First Degree Virtual Murder Mystery.
Created by Moniker, you and your colleagues will have to work together to figure out who killed a fateful victim on the eve of his wedding. During the two-hour event you will be split up into teams to interrogate the suspects, then submit your best guess for who the guilty party is. Created for 40–120 participants, this virtual murder mystery offers loads of entertainment, while encouraging teamwork and collaboration. Time to figure out who the best office sleuth is.
Learn Something New Together
Nothing brings people together quite like trying something new. When everyone is a beginner, it opens the door for laughing together at your mistakes and celebrating each other’s wins. Wavy has a roster of some of Canada’s top talent in the health, wellness, food, and culture industries so that you and your team can learn from the best. Whether it’s following along with a chef to learn a new recipe, baking up a storm with dessert master, or getting your sweat on with a trainer, Wavy sends you the necessary items and sets your team up for a successful afternoon of team building.
Have Some Friendly Competition
This virtual spin on one of television’s favourite game shows will have your co-workers shouting “good answer!” from the comfort of their homes. Created by Teambonders, this engaging game allows for 2–980 (yes, 980!) participants to break up into smaller teams to come up with the top answers to general questions. Follow along with the Teambonders host to test your knowledge and earn some bragging rights with Virtual Feud.
Have a Monthly Happy Hour
With the Stay At Home Cocktail Club, you and your colleagues can look forward to a night of experimentation and delicious cocktails every month. The Canada-wide subscription service sends you all of the fixings for the perfect drink, all you need to do is assemble and enjoy. With each box, you’ll receive three unique recipes with the ingredients to make nine—yes, nine—full drinks! Whether you hop online to make the drinks together or to review the flavours, your team will be building mixology skills all while finding new favourite cocktails to sip on.
Bring the Office Snacks to Your Homes
Admit it, one of the things you miss most about going to work is the snacks. Whether it was birthday cake celebrations, pizza lunches, or morning meeting muffins, nothing brightened up your day like free food at the office. Treat your team to a box from FoodiePages to keep their stomachs full and their spirits high. Filled with treats from Canadian small businesses (you can even work with the Foodiepages team to customize your box) there will be no time for awkward silence at your next virtual team building as your team debates which snack is the best.