August 15, 2022

Our all-time favorite 10 ways to do team building online

Are you looking for a fun way to do team building online that doesn’t feel like a broken record? Check out these 10 quality games and exercises!

We’ve carefully researched, analyzed, and selected the most promising games and exercises for online team building.

All you need to do now is choose the ones that speak to you the most and enjoy. 

The full list of virtual team building games for any occasion

Below are the 10 online team building exercises, games, and events for you and your teammates. Try as many of them as possible, and let us know how you feel afterward! 

1. Chat over a (virtual) cup of coffee

virtual coffee break

Participants: 2 to 10

Duration: 30-60 min

What you’ll need: Veertly, Zoom, Teams, etc. 

Including regular online coffee breaks into your weekly routine may significantly improve your relationships with your colleagues as well as your group productivity.

 

How it works: 

  1. Choose the day during the week when you all have the least meetings 
  2. Agree on which time works best for everyone on the team (no need to schedule the coffee break at 9 A.M. — it’s the time to enjoy each other’s company, not a painful chore) 
  3. Don’t talk about work-related stuff — this call is about you as people, not your weekly goals, achievements, and fears; save those for standups and one-on-ones. 
  4. Repeat and show up diligently. 

If you're strapped for time, consider using a service like Workdate to organize an upscale coffee chat.

Related reading: Communication team building activities

2. Take an online personality test

understanding each other

Participants: unlimited

Duration: 15 to 60 min

What you’ll need: Buzzfeed, 16 Personalities

You can either do these tests for the pure fun of it and learn what kind of a dessert each member of your team is, or you can take a more serious approach and spend time on quality tests that will dig deep into your personal traits and characters. 

How it works:

  1. Choose the test
  2. Go through the questions one by one and record your answers
  3. Count the final points together
  4. Discuss the results

3. Put team building on autopilot with Gomada

Participants: Gomada works best with three or more team members

Duration: 30 to 60 min

Gomada is your digital assistant that builds an excellent remote team with you.

Discover where your team needs improvement

Especially when you manage a remote team, it’s tough to know how everyone is feeling. Gomada’s Pulse Surveys will show you where you’ve got work to do and where the team is in good shape.

Get activity recommendations to improve the team

In the past, we used Google to find activities for improving our team. Gomada already knows what your team needs, recommends an activity based on that, and lets you run a polished, engaging session with the click of a button.

Put team building on autopilot

With Gomada’s scheduling functionalities (in development), you can do regular team building that drives results with less than 5 minutes of setup, organization, and scheduling a month. Pretty neat.

4. Celebrate your diversity with an online world map

world map with pins

Participants: at least 5

Duration: 20 to 60 min

What you’ll need: MapChart, PaintMaps, or similar

If your organization employs people of different backgrounds and from various corners of the world, celebrate the diversity by sharing it with the group! 

How it works: 

  1. Join the platform where your map is hosted, or choose one host that will record all the answers
  2. Mark the countries or regions each participant is coming from (you can color the map in different colors, place pins, write names, or highlight the areas in any other creative way you come up with)
  3. Discuss the results 

Author’s note: You can also take this experience offline by literally printing out a map and doing all the steps IRL in your office. 

Related reading: Diversity team building activities.

5. Get a good laugh with two truths one lie

team having fun together

Participants: 6 to 15 for the best results 

Duration: 15 to 45 min 

If you are looking for a fast and simple way to get to know each other better, this ice breaker is perfect for the teams that have worked with one another for some time. 

How it works: 

  1. One player begins by sharing 3 facts about them, where only 2 of the facts must be true. 
  2. Others need to guess which part of the story is a lie.
  3. Keep playing until everyone had a chance to participate. 

 

Related reading: Games for team building.

6. Have a fun competition with a photo challenge

person taking a picture

Participants: at least 3

Duration: 5-15 min

What you’ll need: PollUnit, Woobox, or similar

Another quick team building activity is hosting a photo challenge for your team. There are several ways you can go about it, but our favorite one is designed for the participants that take their selfies very seriously.

How it works: 

  1. Choose the topic for this week’s challenge (e.g., “Your favorite sitcom”, “Office furniture”, or “Disney princesses” — you decide how far you’re willing to take it)
  2. Give the participants time until the end of the week to send in their entries 
  3. Vote for the best selfie of the week 

Related reading: 5-minute team building activities.

7. Get cozy and enjoy a S'more with Tiny Campfire

smores

Participants: 3 to 10

Duration: 30 to 60 min

What you’ll need: Ingredients for s’mores, a tealight candle, the basic fire safety 

Company retreats in the wild used to be a big thing in the past, but the new normal made such getaways very difficult to implement. Yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a cozy campfire with some toasty marshmallows… At your own desk! 

How it works: 

  1. Prepare all the ingredients in advance
  2. Turn off the lights in your room and log in for a group chat 
  3. Prepare s’mores over the candle
  4. Get ready to tell some ghost stories, urban legends, or office gossip — what happens in the “forest” stays in the “forest”. 

Related reading: Unusual team building games.

8. Problem solve in a virtual escape room

Participants: 3 to 6 per room

Duration: 45 to 90 min

What you’ll need: a laptop or a desktop, a strong Internet connection, a pen, and a notebook 

Virtual escape rooms are among the most popular online team building activities because of their versatility. Within one hour of the game, your team will practice the essentials of the corporate world, such as:

  • teamwork and cooperation
  • leadership and decision making
  • creative thinking
  • communication and problem solving
  • and many more!

Related reading: 8 best virtual escape room team building games for every taste

9. Share your frequently used emoji boards

person holding poop emoji

Participants: 3 to 10

Duration: 15 to 20 minutes

What you’ll need: up-to-date screenshots of everyone’s “frequently used” Emojis 

We spend hours texting with our teammates on Slack or Teams each week. And it’s a known fact that the right use of an emoji is an integral part of modern digital etiquette. But do we really notice them? This short and fun game for team building online puts your attention to detail to the test!

 

How it works: 

  1. Ask the participants to send you the screenshots of their “frequently used” emojis 
  2. Randomize them in any order
  3. Share the screen with one board and try to guess which person it belongs to
  4. Play until everyone’s favorite emojis are revealed

Related reading: Trending 15-minute team building activities for every team.

10. Organize an online fundraiser

Participants: at least 100 

Duration: 60 to 120 min

What you’ll need: find a charity you’d like to support or create a cause of your own

Do you want to have a truly meaningful team building event? Then running a company-wide fundraiser might be the best option for you! This way, you’ll get a chance to socialize and network with your colleagues while also making the world a better place. 

Here are some ideas for an online fundraiser

  • Organize an auction of skills so that each of the employees could participate
  • Connect with one of your local NGOs and host a meeting with the speaker
  • Choose several charity organizations and see which one you can gather the most money for 
  • Select a cause, present its importance to the audience, and try to hit a specific number with donations

Related reading: Leadership team building activities.

Why you should regularly practice team building online 

You may already know the answer to the question “Why are team building activities important” but let’s quickly recap why doing team building online is your best bet

Online team building comes with many benefits: 

  • It allows teams to connect regardless of the physical location
  • It is oftentimes cheaper than the IRL alternatives 
  • There are multiple alternatives to activities of the same type
  • Usually, it requires almost no props 

What is more, taking your teambuilding online doesn’t remove the perks “regular” team bonding brings. If anything, it only enhances them. As a result, you can enjoy free virtual team building activities from the comfort of your house and reap all the benefits.

If you prefer videos, make sure to watch these 7 excellent ideas for online team building.

Online team building FAQ

Here are some of the questions we get the most about doing team building online: 

Why do remote teams need team building? 

Remote work comes with many benefits, yet it also has several drawbacks, such as an enhanced sense of loneliness and a lack of a sense of belonging. Organizing regular online team building events help organizations to:

  • boost the employees’ morale
  • encourage collaboration
  • increase productivity
  • promote mental wellbeing
  • strengthen the sense of community with the company
  • build meaningful relationships with the colleagues around the globe

How do you do team building online?

It is super easy! All you need for a fruitful online teambuilding session is a strong internet connection and a positive attitude. You can get inspired by the list of team building activities for work or create something brand new on your own. 

But to really have a rewarding online team building experience, trust the professionals and let us match you with the team bonding event designed just for your needs! See how Gomada can help

How long does it take to organize an online team building activity? 

It all depends on the activity. Some of them (such as coffee breaks) don’t need any preparations, and all you need to do is go with the flow. Others (like online fundraisers or virtual escape rooms) would require more initial preparations, but generally, most work takes place during the activity, not before. 

Can I do virtual team building without extra props?

Absolutely! Many of the games and exercises designed for online team building are built so that all you need is a willingness to participate. So don’t worry about any props and preparations 😊.

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