Sound familiar? Fear not, friend! We’ve put together an awesome list with fun, easy virtual team building activities for remote teams.
These are awesome remote team builders for WFH teams. The goal of virtual team building is to create strong teams that are working remotely. This can be achieved through simple questions and icebreakers, virtual karaoke, and larger company-wide virtual events. Great remote team builders will foster closeness, improve communication, and boost team morale for your employees.
We’ll be honest: we know that working from home is a lonely, disconnected experience. In Buffer’s recent State of Remote Work 2020 report, loneliness was the biggest struggle for 20% of remote employees.
We’re seeing companies put team building on the backburner, as if virtual team building doesn’t work, or won’t help.
Sadly, this is the exact opposite of how to keep remote employees engaged. If anything, now is the time to double-down on supporting your staff, to show that you’re there for them during this challenging time.
The ideas below are easy to implement, but remote team building brings its own challenges, and it requires special work to engage everyone. After all, you don’t want half the team tuning out, and need to ensure everyone feels like they’re a part of it.
That’s why virtual team building is so unique. But if you spend time creating a thoughtfully designed program, remote team building activities can be super successful! Our ideas below don’t require a ton of time or money, but can still serve the purpose of bringing teams together, with staff bonding and fun, plus useful tools for working remotely.
We at Kabloom (formerly Wild SF Tours) are passionate about great virtual team events, and have compiled 20 of our favorite creative virtual team building activities for remote teams. They’re easy to run, easy on the wallet, and can make for a happier, more productive team!
Virtual team building can be, well, anything that brings remote teams together, just like if you were working together in an office! When done well, fun virtual team building can help build trust and meaningful connection through team bonding, and can help ensure your whole team feels valued and seen.
Virtual team building ideas include several strategies, games and activities designed to bring more human interaction to virtual workers.
We’ve outlined all sorts of ideas, including simple ice-breaker questions, games and video activities. We promise these will help create closer-knit teams and better collaboration!
Remote team building is especially important for workers not used to working virtually (like those affected by COVID-19). It can be hard to self-motivate, and workers often feel disconnected and unsupported.
Instead of equating this with your quarterly team builder, think of virtual team building as a replacement for the ‘watercooler.’ It’s an intentional space where remote co-workers get to catch up, socialize, and connect in a way they might not otherwise.
Done well, virtual team building can help stand in for the connections and collaboration you’d experience with in-person working. It ensures employees feel cared for, connected, and inspired to be productive!
Intentional team building can even facilitate new skills, like a collaboration mindset, communication building, and teamwork.
When online meetings begin, it’s easy to jump straight into business. But consider adding in a few minutes for casual check-ins and small talk. This is extra important for remote employee bonding, as virtual team members don’t have a chance to chat with their neighbors throughout the workday.
All the games below are templates that you can easily switch up and change to fit your team. Have fun, don’t take it seriously, and see what happens!
Ironically, 65% of remote employees say they’ve had no type of virtual team building sessions. These are the employees who need them the most!
If you’re overwhelmed by the task of building rapport and trust through remote teambuilding, hire an expert to make it happen! Check out Kabloom for qualified leaders who can turn a conference video call into a meaningful session. Feel free to call us at 415-942-5421 or email booking (at) kabloom.team to chat more!
Here we go! These are some of our favorite virtual team building ideas (that aren’t boring!). But use your imagination too—just like with improv games, there are endless possibilities to invent and switch up these team building games and activities.
What sounds better than kicking back on a tropical beach, sipping a piña colada?
Hawaiian shirts are encouraged on the Virtual Vacation, transporting you to an imaginary island. But there’s a catch: your team must now work together to navigate across waters back home.
Led by a virtual tour guide from Wild SF, your energetic, quirky host will get everyone laughing, connecting and working together through fun challenges.
Your team will collaborate on drawing a flag to fly on our ship, you’ll run around on a home scavenger hunt, you’ll design a route for our ship, and you’ll learn so much more about your team.
This dynamic experience is quickly becoming a favorite: it’s a graffiti history class, a virtual street art tour, and an online graffiti class with a renowned street artist!
First, you’ll learn the history of graffiti’s hip hop roots in New York in the late 1960’s, and how the art form has gone international since then.
Then join a virtual tour that heads down back alleys to visit the ‘outdoor galleries’ of mural- and graffiti-filled streets, finding hidden art from local legends and international artists.
You’ll learn about how politics and legality comes into play with piecing, bombing, tagging and creating stunning murals.
Next, it’s time to draw! You’ll meet a renowned graffiti artist who will share his backstory in the ‘graf’ scene, and lead a workshop showing everyone how to create their own tags.
Come up with your own tagging name, and practice developing handstyles, and turning a basic tag into a “piece” (that is, a masterpiece).
Your team will leave inspired, having learned about art and showcasing their own creativity as a team!
Hire a virtual stand-up comic to entertain your remote team! Kabloom runs online stand-up comedy shows for the workplace, with family-friendly comics who are guaranteed to get your team laughing and having fun.
They can run stand-up comedy shows on Zoom and Google Meet.
The session lasts 45 minutes, and includes warming up the crowd and bantering with them, followed by a 15 minute stand-up set.
Next is a Q&A about the life of a working comic. At the end there’s more involvement with something called “joke karaoke,” where your team can share their own favorite jokes!
DEI, or diversity training, doesn’t need to be stale and awkward!
Diversity training is the practice of embracing the things that make us unique, reducing prejudice and discrimination, and improving teamwork and communication. It has become increasingly popular among companies, especially larger corporations.
Join beloved San Francisco drag queen Mary Vice for the most entertaining online diversity seminar you’ve ever seen. She’s one of the most successful drag performers on Twitch today.
In this exhilarating look at queer history and culture, you’ll get a crash course on LGBT rights and Pride via a virtual tour of San Francisco’s most important queer landmarks.
Then, you’ll enjoy a live online drag show performance by Mary Vice, with the chance to ask her questions about life as a drag queen.
Think you can’t entertain a large remote team (50-500+ people) at the same time? Think again!
Kabloom are experts at facilitating large-scale virtual company parties, which features a number of activities running simultaneously.
That way, your coworkers can choose their own adventure (kind of like a music festival).
Imagine a variety of activities running at the same time, like:
Wild SF are experts at setting up these kinds of online events for remote teams. We can cover everything from organizing invites, coordinating experienced, high-energy leaders for each activity, and taking care of the logistics of online facilitation.
Since COVID, many companies have turned into remote teams looking for fun online events. Good news: a virtual karaoke party is an awesome (and easy) virtual team building idea to get your team connecting!
This guide explains how to organize a virtual karaoke party on Zoom, how to host a great event for your team working from home, and how to choose a great karaoke song.
Here’s an easy one: kick off with virtual meeting ice breaker questions! This is one of most easy virtual team building ideas out there. Asking a fun and easy icebreaker question is a tried-and-true way of getting people talking and bonding in no time!
We suggest building in enough time to do a few rounds of questions. Kick it off with something super easy and ‘surface-level’ to get your team talking.
Then, if you’re feeling there’s a trust and comfort with your team, try one of these deeper questions. These get more to the core of what people care about in life, and can make for meaningful team bonding for your virtual team.
As someone starts demonstrating vulnerability, this can encourage others to open up about their own goals, dreams and needs too.
Here’s a fun one: have your team submit one (unknown!) fact about themselves to the leader. The zanier and the better—everyone has a few of these experiences that wouldn’t have come up in conversation naturally.
Learning fun facts about one another is especially important for remote teams, which can feel very isolated. Knowing that you and your coworker share a love of an obscure 80’s band, or both studied abroad in Ireland, can make for meaningful connection that wouldn’t exist otherwise. It’s a simple way to spark friendship-forming discussions.
Houseparty is a free mobile application that got really popular, especially towards the start of the pandemic. It now offers a host of fun games to play with your coworkers, like karaoke, trivia and Heads Up!
Here’s a Jeopardy-style quiz show game for team building. It’s basically a quiz show, and you can keep points to make it competitive!
Since we’re all spending more time at home, it’s a great time to learn about one another’s hobbies we’ve been making some time to share what we’re up to outside of work.
While working from home, these channels can be a fun way to bond and learn of similar interests, hobbies, and to brag about cute pets, kids and home cooking.
Sometimes the best team building ideas are the easiest to run. Once you set this up, there’s no maintenance needed but infinite bonding possibilities.
Constant video meetings that are all business can feel like, well, all business. Here’s a way to break that up, and show that jumping onto a video call can be fun and conversational.
Conversation often spins into the latest Netflix series, personal lives and current events. For those who work remotely, these can feel like a really valuable time to interact with coworkers in a fun and easy way.
Since we’re all cooking at home, why not make that into its own fun competition?
Team bonding at the local bar is a tried-and-true way to let loose and catch up at the end of a long day. Hosting an online happy hour might sound strange, but it works!
This is a chance for co-workers to interact and learn more about each other, even if they’ve never gotten a chance to meet and work together in person.
It sounds silly, but there’s something psychologically encouraging if you can feel like you’re in an office, even when you’re home. One easy idea is to create a live remote office space in a video chat.
It’s encouraging to see your coworkers, and helps you to stay motivated while working remotely. Just like in a real office, it also allows for easily asking questions, making a bit of small talk, and feeling more connected!
We’re going back to the early 2000’s. Frosted tips are encouraged.
A fun way to start a remote meeting (or maybe a mid-meeting pick-me-up?) is to have your distributed team do their best celebrity impressions and show off their house, selfie-style.
It’s a unique way to bring remote teams together, and to show off any particularly great interior design skills!
Tip: have the ‘celebrity’ join the meeting on their phone (not computer), which will be easier for walking and narrating.
Marco Polo is our favorite video messaging app, where you can record and send short videos privately, or with a group. They call it a ‘video walkie talkie.’ It’s simple, but really fun!
The possibilities are endless—every morning you can think of a new question, or have your remote team take turns coming up with that day’s check in question. This is a great way for distributed teams to have a bit of facetime and connect from afar!
Everybody loves presents (even if you’re not a Christmas person). Plus, getting a care package in the mail sounds extra sweet when you’re working remote! So why not make a new gift-giving holiday?
You can make up a new gifting tradition for July 25, say, and call it ‘Christmas in July.’ This could also work as a quarterly tradition. However often you want to celebrate, presents are always a fun way for remote teams to feel connected and cared for.
For remote employees, lunch could be a great time to facilitate engagement and online team building. Bring in an ‘expert’ to share a presentation or talk while folks are eating at home! It’s like a private TED Talk for your remote team!
This expert could be an outside speaker you hire (someone with insights into communication skills, how to stay motivated when working from home, health and wellness, or non-work topics too that might be interesting!).
Your expert could also be someone on the team, and it could feel like a skillshare where for each Lunch and Learn, one virtual employee shares something they’re knowledgeable and passionate about!
Ahem. Believe it or not, this college standby doesn’t need to turn NSFW to be fun. Play a PG-version with your team and get to learn about one another!
For example, if someone says ‘Never have I ever been roller skating,’ then everyone that has been roller skating would put a finger down. You’ll learn a lot about your remote coworkers quickly, and it’s a game that’s already familiar to most.
If you’ve got a silly team that likes to perform, kick off an otherwise boring video conference with a quick remote dance party!
You could have a scheduled meeting that is literally just a dance party for 30 minutes, with one remote employee playing DJ and providing the jams, while all set up their cameras with cool backdrops and get to dancing…
…but if you don’t have time for that, just kick off your team call with a quick dance party!
Well, us! Kabloom by Wild SF leads meaningful virtual team builders that get your team out of their shells, laughing, connecting, and learning more about one another.
Ready to bring your remote team closer together? Start here.
You and your teammates are about to go on a Virtual Vacation! You can get in the vacation mood by preloading a tropical island background into your Zoom! Here’s how:
1. Choose your favorite background from the ones below (or search for more online)
2. Save the image to your computer (right-click on image > Save Image As)
3. Open/sign into the Zoom app
4. Click your initials (or profile picture) in top corner, then click Settings
5. Select Virtual Background
6. Add your own image by clicking the plus sign [+] and then Add Image
7. You’re ready for your Virtual Vacation!
You may not have it enabled yet. Don’t worry—it’s an easy fix!
1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal
2. In the navigation menu, click Settings
3. In the Meeting tab, navigate to the Virtual Background option (under the In Meeting (Advanced) section) and verify that the setting is enabled
4. Log out of your desktop app and log back in
2020 may have put a dampener on in-person events, but there are still some great virtual holiday party ideas to get inspiration from!
With the holiday season just around the corner, there are many ways to keep the traditions of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and other special holidays alive, and spread a little bit of cheer!
Here are some of our favorites…
If you’ve got a large team (50-250+ people), don’t try to find a single virtual activity that can cater to everyone in your office. We’ve created the Party In A Box, an online party for remote companies, with various virtual activities running simultaneously!
With a menu of fun, hosted Zoom activities and breakouts, you can ensure there’s something for everyone, and let your distributed coworkers choose their own adventure!
Some of our favorite online activities for team parties:
Sample itinerary for a 2 hour remote office party:
At Wild SF, we are experts at setting up customized online events for remote teams.
We cover everything from organizing invites to coordinating experienced, high-energy online activity leaders, and taking care of the logistics of online facilitation.
Brush off winter blues during quarantine by traveling to warmer climes.
On the Virtual Vacation remote team builder by Kabloom, your team gets transported to a tropical vacation (Hawaiian shirts are encouraged). But there’s a catch: your team must work together (escape-room style) to navigate across waters to your destination.
Our energetic, quirky guides will get everyone laughing and connecting, and working together through fun challenges.
Bingo is a familiar and fun game, and can easily be adapted to a holiday theme and played online during a virtual holiday party.
If you mail out a gift box, include bingo cards, and let people play along at home while the virtual party happens.
Our favorite tool to create a free and customized bingo game is Bingo Baker. It offers thousands of ready-made bingo cards, or you can generate your own.
This Merry Christmas bingo game has 300 words and phrases, including All I Want For Christmas, Jingle Bells and Jack Frost.
During COVID, we’ve all felt isolated from our family, friends and remote coworkers. What better way to cap off a difficult year by sending them a box of holiday treats?
Holiday gift boxes could include:
If you wanted to add a personal touch, pop a handwritten note in there to show your appreciation for their work during this challenging year.
A big part of the traditions of the holiday season is getting dressed up in festive gear. Given that we’ve been stuck in our homes for a large part of this year, people are excited to have an opportunity to get dressed up! And why not include dressing up your beloved pet while you’re at it?
You can spice this up by organizing an online voting system for the best-dressed and/or offering prizes. You could also do this for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
Since COVID, many companies have turned into remote teams looking for fun virtual holiday parties. Good news: a virtual karaoke party is an awesome (and easy) virtual team building idea to get your team connecting!
This dedicated guide explains everything you need to know to organize a virtual karaoke party on Zoom, including how to host a great event for your team working from home, and how to choose a great karaoke song.
An online trivia night is a fun and interactive way to get your team working together and letting a little loose. It does require a bit of planning, so you can save time by searching for holiday trivia questions.
You could also include categories like:
For a little more fun, encourage each team to incorporate a holiday theme into their team name, like ‘The Rudolphs’ or ‘Eggnoggens.’
(Yes, we can organize this for you!)
Who doesn’t love an excuse to wind down and enjoy a drink to cap off the year and get in the festive mood? You could encourage the participants to wear holiday-themed clothing and accessories, like an ugly sweater, Santa hat or reindeer ears.
To replicate the atmosphere of a festive office or bar, you can play music in the background. (More on that below.)
Festive-themed music like All I Want For Christmas Is You gets people in the mood for the holidays. So why not create a collaborative playlist on Spotify and allow everyone to choose a song or two?
If you want to play it background music at a virtual holiday party, here’s how to do that on Zoom:
Set your Zoom background to one of the following themes:
If you wanted to do a trip-around-the-world party, you could follow the globe as it strikes midnight from east to west!
Virtual holiday parties are online gatherings of family, friends and/or coworkers. The aim is to provide opportunities for people to connect and have fun during the festive season. An example might be a festive-themed trivia night, or a holiday happy hour.
The best virtual holiday parties are those that are engaging and easy to organize. They include festive-themed online bingo, karaoke and trivia nights. There is a full list of virtual holiday party ideas in this guide.
Celebrating important holidays in an online manner does not have to require a lot of preparation. Easy ideas include a holiday happy hour, festive-themed bingo (with pre-made card templates), and a Christmas dress-up competition.
First, make your guest list. Next, decide on the theme and games, e.g. happy hour, trivia or bingo. Then choose a video conference application and send invitations. Finally, test out the games and software, and send a reminder to your guests.
Virtual holiday games are activities like festive bingo, holiday trivia and a dress-up competition. They are played during online gatherings of family, friends and/or coworkers. The aim is to provide opportunities for people to connect and have fun during the holiday season.
Wild SF leads meaningful virtual events that get you and your coworkers, family and/or friends laughing, connecting, and learning more about one another.
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Stuck with a “no-pets-allowed” rental agreement? Here’s how to get your fix.
Image Credit: Cody Perhamus
Believe it or not, San Francisco was named one of the most dog-friendly cities. With its mild climate and spacious green parks, it can be a haven for your pet. The city’s name is even derived from Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals.
This is all great, but its freaking hard to afford a pet in San Francisco! So what’s a person to do if they just need some animal therapy in their lives? Have no fear, we’ve got the guide for you.
This is not a drill, you don’t have to take lifetime responsibility for a dog to hang out with one. Plan some fun things you’d like to do with a furry companion and sign up for Dogo. Dogo links up shelter dogs that could use the socialization with humans that could use some dog socialization. Heck yeah companionship without commitment!
Image Credit: KitTea Cafe
Visit the city’s very own cat cafe! At KitTea Cat Cafe, sign up for one hour time-slots in the Cat Lounge, which hosts about a dozen resident cats, as well as, a few that are up for adoption. The Cat Lounge is stocked with tons of toys, and if you’d like to take a shortcut to a cat’s heart, you can also purchase small snacks to feed the cats.
You probably heard it from your gramps first but, yes, there really is an app for everything these days. Wag is an app that connects dog owners with dog walkers, therefore, not only can you hang out with a dog , but you can even get paid for it! This is a win-win situation.
Image credit: KFOG.
Lastly, you can hit up some of San Francisco’s animal festivals. Here’s our top three:
Technically, this started as a meet-up for corgi-owners in the Bay Area, however, once word spread on the Internet, it’s now become a huge event for corgi-owners and not-yet-corgi-owners alike. Nowadays, you can visit Ocean Beach on a CorgiCon day and be surrounded by a sea of corgis. Show up at the right time and you may even be sharing the beach with 600 corgis.
CUESA Goat Festival
Every year, CUESA orchestrates a festival for all things goat. Attend and find yourself learning more about sustainable agriculture, sampling goat cheeses, and petting baby goats! Although the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture has been hosting this festival since 2008, it became an internet sensation when they posted about it on Facebook for the first time in 2015. Within 24 hours, they received thousands of RSVPs and the #goatchella hype was at an all time high. Years after the incident, the festival still holds up as one of the best free events in town. Not baaad.
The San Francisco Sloth Festival
This may be an urban myth, but ever since Goatchella’s success, talks of a Sloth Festival have been in the works. Although the festival has yet to happen, there are 23,000 guests that have RSVP’d on the event’s Facebook page where the organizer has been posting updates. Although it has been moving at a sloth’s pace, the organizers have described it as, “a Educational Interactive Magical Wonderland that merges art installations music,dance and theater into a festival setting.” [sic]. Join the thousands of us praying for this event to happen. Budget permitting, they claim they’ll even try to offer a giant sloth ferris wheel!