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22+ Free Virtual Team Building Activities

By September 24, 2021No Comments
Free Virtual Team Building Ideas

Looking for free virtual team-building activities? This list will get your team playing games and enhancing your company culture.

Remote work is here to stay. As a result, many leaders are seeking out budget-effective and free virtual team building activities to keep employees connected.

While remote work can come with many benefits for both workers and companies, it can also lead to feelings of disconnection and isolation.

Virtual team-building activities can help break up the day and create moments for meaningful social connection. If you’re trying to keep your remote employees engaged on a budget, look no further!

These free virtual team building activities will help your remote or hybrid team stay connected and engaged.

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1. Start Meetings with “Highs and Lows”

This tip might feel like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget. Every person on your team has their own challenges and triumphs. By allotting time to discuss these feelings, you can help foster community.

Ask each person to share a highlight of their past week. In addition, ask them to share a small challenge, if they feel comfortable.

This sharing of “highs and lows” is a time for your team to learn more about each other. It also allows them to offer support and encouragement.

To keep team meetings focused, limit this sharing to 2-3 minutes per person unless extenuating circumstances merit more discussion and support.

Allot the first 10-15 minutes of the meeting for personal check-ins, followed by team business.

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2. Create Vision Boards Together

A vision board is a collage of images that is meant to serve as inspiration and motivation. During this free virtual team building session, your employees can create vision boards together.

You can make a vision board by cutting out photos, words, and phrases that reflect your aspirations and goals. Then, glue them onto a poster board or construction paper.

Embellish your board with washi tape, glitter, stickers, colored pencils, and more.

At the end of the session, ask each team member to share their vision board with the group.

Go free and eco-friendly: create vision boards using materials you have around the house, like old magazines.

Or, use Google Slides or PowerPoint to create a digital vision board! If you don’t like crafting, you could simply create a list with goals.

Show and Tell for Remote Employees3. Plan a Show-and-Tell Session – One of Our Favorite Free Virtual Team Building Activities

We’re borrowing this tried-and-true idea from elementary school: host a show-and-tell session! This idea might sound a bit childish at first.

But, everyone loves talking about their interests. Plus, having an object to focus on and show off can help camera-shy people feel more comfortable.

Your team members can show off their pet or an art project they’ve been working on. If they love tech, let them show off the latest household gadget they ordered online.

Pro tip: during your show-and-tell session, focus less on the object itself and more on your curiosity about your coworkers’ interests.

For example, if your colleague shows their new running shoes, ask them how they became interested in running.

If they show off a piano, ask them how playing makes them feel.

4. Plan a Virtual Game Session

A good old-fashioned game night or game session is a great way to get your team laughing and bonding together. These days, there are plenty of free online multi-player game options.

One option is Skribbl.io, a drawing and guessing game. During each round, a member of your team will have to draw a random word while others guess in the chat box to see what it is.

Create a private Skribbl.io room with up to 12 participants. Choose your number of rounds and the allotted drawing time allowed per round. You can even choose custom words aligned with your company’s purpose or goals!

5. Learn Each Other’s Strengths and Weaknesses – One of Our Favorite Free Virtual Team Building Activities

There are plenty of costly personality assessments out there. But, one of the most common tests is completely free!

At 16personalities.com, you and your team can take a free personality test to discover more about who you are. Learn whether you’re an INTJ, ESFP, IFTP, etc.

If you’ve never heard those acronyms, have no fear – the website walks you through detailed explanations. The test is available in 37 languages which is perfect for international and diverse teams.

Share the personality test link with your team members. Then, schedule a virtual meeting for everyone to share their results.

You and your staff will benefit from knowing how to best communicate with each unique member of your team.

Virtual Dance Party Free Virtual Team Building Activity6. Have a Virtual Dance Party

For some employees, a quick virtual dance party might be a welcome break. For others, it might be an exercise in vulnerability and getting out of your comfort zone.

Either way, your team is sure to get a boost of endorphins! You could schedule this during a “slump” time, like 3 pm each Wednesday.

Or, celebrate the start of the weekend on a Friday afternoon. Hop on a video chat and shake it out for 3-5 minutes together. You can take turns picking a song and playing DJ each week.

Make it a communal experience by encouraging everyone’s kiddos, spouses, and roommates to join in the fun!

Need some musical inspiration? Take a chance and pick a random song to play on YouTube, Amazon, or Spotify. Or, explore Time Out’s list of the 100 best party songs ever made.

7. Add Some Fun to Your Virtual All-Staff Meeting

When done right, an all-staff virtual meeting can keep your crew connected, informed, and engaged. The trick is to make these sessions interactive and entertaining.

Don’t just read a list of company updates that could’ve been an email. One idea: ahead of each meeting, designate one employee to present a 5-10 minute PowerPoint on a topic that’s personally interesting to them.

The idea is to pick something niche and unusual. This adds an element of unexpected fun to meetings. For example, you could walk everyone through how to poach the perfect egg, or the intricacies of the card game Magic: The Gathering. 

Believe it or not, “PowerPoint parties” have actually become a social trend! Check out Business Insider’s guide to hosting a PowerPoint party – either as its own event or as a fun way to start your staff meeting.

8. Have a Virtual Team Movie Night

Use a free web browser extension like Teleparty to host a movie-watching party with your team. Your videos will stay perfectly in sync with each other, and you’ll be able to discuss the movie in real-time using the chat box.

You can vote on movie ideas using a free survey tool like SurveyMonkey. If you have some money to spend on a team building activity, consider sending each employee a surprise kit with their favorite treats to enjoy during the movie!

(Pro tip – ask everyone their favorite movie snack when gathering movie suggestions!)

This idea requires employees to have a subscription to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. Set up a poll to see if there’s a streaming service everyone on your team has access to. If not, consider free ad-supported movie sites like Crackle or IMDb TV.

Gather.Town Virtual Office9. Connect in a Fun, Game-Like Virtual Office – One of Our Favorite Free Virtual Team Building Activities

To break out of the video call meeting format, try using Gather. It’s an online meeting platform with an interface that resembles an 8-bit video game.

First, choose a virtual environment. Options include cozy office, space station office, mystic library, coffee shop, rooftop party, and many others. Then, choose an avatar and pick your character’s hair/clothing combination. Using your computer keyboard, move around a virtual room and interact with coworkers’ avatars!

You’ll still be able to use your webcam and mic to chat.

Gather’s free plan allows for up to 25 online users. You can even create a password for your virtual workspace and use an interactive whiteboard feature.

10. Quench Your Thirst at a Virtual Water Cooler

Set up a Slack channel titled #virtualwatercooler. Then, every day, post a new question to the virtual water cooler, encouraging your team to share thoughts and ideas. Prompts could be as simple as “What is your favorite movie?” Or, try more contentious questions like, “Is Die Hard a holiday movie?”

11. Play the Time Zone Game

This is a fun and silly way to get your team connecting before conference calls. Often, distributed teams will start calls saying, “What time is it where you are at?”

Instead of that generic format, play the time zone game. Ask one person on your team to share what city they are in and have others guess what time it is there. Or, make it more complicated by asking the other attendees to guess what meal the initial person ate. The time zone game is a good way to get your team learning a little about each other.

12. The Stars Where I Am

An active Slack channel helps remote teams connect. But, often Slack channels feel stale with people making the same jokes or connections over again. Break up the monotony with an astronomy night.

Ask your team members to go outside at night and take a picture of the stars where they are. Then, post those pictures with a caption describing where they live. Can they see the stars? What do they see at night?

13. Decorate My Office! (Virtually) – One of Our Favorite Free Virtual Team Building Activities

With so many people working from home, our home offices have become very important. But many remote workers haven’t taken the time to add fun decor.

To play, ask for a volunteer who wants decorating suggestions for their home office. Then, ask the volunteer to post pictures of their home office on Slack with their goals for the office. The volunteer should also provide a total budget.

Then, team members can help crowdsource decorating suggestions and ideas. To make it even more fun, considering offering a small $25 gift card to Amazon for the volunteer to use to decorate.

14. Pub Trivia With the Team

Jackbox Games are a fun online trivia game which everyone can join via video conference. Everyone answers questions via their phone and you can purchase a party pack which costs around $25.

If you don’t want to spend that much, you can also use the Random Trivia Generator and have the host share the screen with the group to reveal the answers. There is only one rule to make online pub trivia work: nobody can Google the answer!

15. Team Jeopardy – Icebreaker Questions That Are Actually Fun! – One of Our Favorite Free Virtual Team Building Activities

Team Jeopardy takes a bit of planning but it’s a fun one. Use Fact Tile to set up a jeopardy game with questions and categories about your own team.

For example, one category could be Where We Live. Then, the answer could be Boulder, Colorado. The Jeopardy question that would win the answer would be “Where does Team Member X live?”

Here are more suggestions for Team Jeopardy categories:

  • Who Hates This
  • Favorite Actors
  • What We Wear
  • Job Positions

16. Price is Right – Remote Work-Style

The Price is Right works particularly well with distributed international teams. It’s always fascinating to see how prices change on a country-by-country basis. While mangos may be cheap in India, strawberries would be pricey, while the reverse would be true in the United States.

To play, ask each person to come up with an ordinary object like a food or piece of clothing. Then, select one person to show that item on Zoom.  It’s always fun if they ham it up and are creative with their sales pitch for that item. Then, everyone else should guess how much it costs in the local currency.

It’s easy for teams to make the conversion using an online currency converter. The person who guesses closest to the actual price would go next.

17. Explore a Foreign Destination Together

Jump on to a Zoom call and navigate a virtual tour that you can all enjoy together. There are many free virtual videos that you can watch on YouTube.

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18. Ride Together Via a Peloton Session

If many people on your team have a Peloton, consider setting a time to hold a Peloton session. Invite everyone to join in and make it a fun and competitive ride. Robin Arzon is a great Peloton instructor for team building events because she is a frequent motivational speaker.

19. Tech Talks and Community Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge sharing events are a simple and free virtual team building activity. Ask for your employees to volunteer to share knowledge about a particular topic. Then, have them present a 30 minute Tech Talk or Brown Bag lunch on that topic.

This knowledge sharing strengthens the skills of your team. In addition, it allows your team members to brag a little bit about their projects. It’s a nice way to show appreciation for your teams’ skills.

20.  Bring Back the Book Club

If book clubs sound like something 1950s women did, try a modern take on the book club. Assign a book once every quarter, allowing people three months to read it. Then, gather in small groups to discuss the book at the end of the quarter. This is a particularly effective virtual team building activity for diversity and inclusion teams.

21. Never Have I Ever: Work Edition

Most people have played Never Have I Ever before. But, have you played Never Have I Ever with your colleagues? Firstly, make sure it’s work friendly and doesn’t have any R-rated elements! That’s easy enough if the organizers creates the list beforehand.

Here are some great Never Have I Ever categories:

  • Been on a plane
  • Been on a hot air balloon
  • Eaten sushi
  • Eaten an insect
  • Visited a rainforest
  • Visited Antarctica

If a person has done that item, they should raise their hand. One fun way to keep up the competition is to have your team count up how many items they have done. Then, give a small award out to the person who has done the most, the least, and a random number (for example, 16).

22. Virtual 10-Minute Cleaning Challenge

Here’s an easy idea to help your team have fun while they’re accomplishing a hated task. Have everyone jump on a Zoom call. Then, have them share a portion of the room that they want to clean up via video.

Then, give everyone 10 minutes to clean up as much as they can and show everyone the after image. Make sure your team heaps praise on the person showing off their clean rooms!  Afterward, your team will feel good at accomplishing a task and at their beautiful home.

 


Quick Tips to Strengthen Your Virtual Team Building

Unexpected Virtual Tours doesn’t just develop virtual team building events. We are also a remote company, meaning that we use these free team building approaches ourselves. Here are 4 quick tips to increase team cohesion with free virtual team building:

Make video meetings a part of your corporate culture. 

It is easy to disengage when you don’t see your teammates on screen. But, wen you turn the camera on, you immediately start engaging with your co-workers. Video is a free and easy tool that makes a huge difference!

Use breakout rooms to get introverts engaged.

In a virtual event, it’s important that the extroverts don’t take over. Get introverts engaged by breaking up your group into smaller breakout rooms. In fact, introverts often have an easier time communicating in a small group environment.

Make team building a regular part of your meetings.

While it is important to get things done, team building is also important. A disconnected team is more likely to lose passion for the company. Further, disconnected employees are more likely to leave the company and perform poor work. In order to counteract this issue, regularly save time at the beginning of each meeting to just chat about personal life.

Slack is for more than just work.

If your Slack channel is restricted to just work topics, it is difficult to create team cohesion. Make Slack your virtual water cooler, as well as the place to celebrate your team’s achievements.

However you choose to engage with your remote workers, the most important thing is to make an effort to stay connected. Creating opportunities for dialogue, communication, and friendship can help your employees feel comfortable, connected, and motivated to do the best possible work for their team.