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Remote Work Doesn't Mean You Can't Engage in Team Building Activities

Does the office seem a bit empty these days? With more and more people working from home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many offices are lonely spaces. Moreover, while your employees may be nestled up to their home computers in their slippers and sweats, they are likely feeling lonely, too. Team building activities can provide a break from the boredom and reengage your employees with their colleagues. To that end, the following are some fun and easy activities your employees can participate in from their homes.

  • Game Night. Whether it's Fortnite, Call of Duty, or Monopoly, setting up teams and facilitating online play will help break the boredom, alleviate stress, and help strengthen their bonds with their colleagues in the office.
  • Campfire Stories. Halloween is just over the horizon, and there is nothing more fun than telling spooky tales over a campfire. Make it interesting by hosting a virtual campfire and awarding prizes for the spookiest and scariest tales your employees weave.
  • Cooking Class. Let's face it; we have all experimented in the kitchen these past few months. From saltines and Cheez Whiz to Lobster Bisque and Chateau Briand, your employees have tried to fight the boredom with food. Host a virtual cooking class where your company's best chefs can share their tips and tricks for creating culinary masterpieces. Of all the team building activities, this is always a tasty choice.
  • Mystery Office Theater 3000. Everyone loves movies, and streaming services such as Netflix make it possible for your employees to watch the same movie at the same time. Host a movie night, turn off the sound, and let your employees fill in the blanks of their favorite shows with their own creative dialog.
  • Paint Me a Picture. Strong communication skills are essential for thriving in a virtual office. Host a Zoom meeting and describe a picture to your employees. Allow them to ask questions about the picture and recreate it based on the answers they receive.
  • Home Office Bingo. Create a Bingo board that incorporates common aspects of working from home. For example, "wore bathrobe during a phone conference," or "binge-watched TV while compiling reports." Make it fun and interesting, then host a Zoom Bingo session with prizes for the winners.
  • Show and Tell. How well do you know your co-workers? Probably not as well as you think. Show and tell is a fun way to have your employees show off an object in their home that has sentimental value. It is an excellent way for employees to get to know more about each other's backgrounds and interests.
  • Scavenger Hunt. Who has a stapler? Who has a moose head hanging over the fireplace? Find out by hosting a virtual scavenger hunt where employees have to locate an object in their home and show it to the moderator. 
  • Homework Helper. Common Core Math? Shakespeare? Chemistry? Parents are working double duty as teachers right now, and that means lots of questions from kids eager to get their homework done. For parents, hosting an online Q&A session with their kids allows them to connect with their colleagues who have all the answers.
  • Dance Break. Sometimes, you have to Shake it Off and get Footloose. Host a virtual dance party during the day. Put on a well-known toe-tappin' tune and let everyone burn off stress and those work-from-home calories.   

Are you searching for more team building activities to keep your employees engaged while they work from home? Contact Greenlink Payroll at (480) 385-2525, and we'll give you some more suggestions in addition to helping you virtually manage your team.    

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