4 Ideas for Fun Team Building Activities
Tis’ the season for fun and games! As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to provide some ideas for fun team building activities.
Team building is at the core of what we do here at Cadence and this list is designed to help People Managers incorporate a little fun and engagement into their overall people strategy. Effective virtual team building activities go beyond your typical one-to-many experiences (think zoom magic shows, coffee tastings, hobbyist workshops, etc.). Activities should be tailored to your team in a way that creates dialogue between them, not at them.
The below team building activities are our tried-and-true suggestions for some great fun. Plan to allocate about an hour for each of them, and give your team at least 2 days of heads up notice so they can attend. The devil is in the details, and as long as you plan your activity thoughtfully, you’ll have a great time, guaranteed!
PS - To ensure maximum engagement between your team members, you can incorporate our 40 best icebreaker questions for work into the lineup for any of the activities we mention below. These questions are meant to build trust between your team members thus creating a more meaningful connection to their work.
🧠 Custom Team Trivia
It doesn’t get much better than a classic game of trivia - or does it? Custom Team Trivia is all about your company and the people that make it great.. ok fine, and the occasional pop culture question for all the Taylor Swift fans out there. But, mostly about your people!
To play Custom Team Trivia:
- Prior to the date of the event, have the host collect answers for all of the team member-specific questions. You can use our list of icebreaker questions for inspiration.
- On the day of the event, break your group up into teams of 3-5 people
- Every team will have three 8-minute rounds to deliberate over a set of tailored questions in their own Zoom breakout rooms
- At the end of each round, everyone will regroup and the host will use the answer key to walk through the correct answers and tally up the score. Easy peasy!
💡 Team Bingo
If you live under a rock and don’t know what Bingo is, it’s a really simple game where each player gets a 5x5 grid. The goal is to be the first player to get a “bingo”, i.e. all the squares in a row, column, or diagonal marked off.
Here’s how to customize Team Bingo as a fun activity for your remote team:
- Fill in each grid item with a fun fact about a team member.
- Players can mark off their square, when they learn who the fun fact belongs to.
- To facilitate the playing, you can shuffle players in Zoom breakout rooms for 5 minutes at a time. This way, you give them a timed window to learn about their partner, and see if they can check off any boxes! (PS - Cadence’s Question Roulette is a fantastic way to do this, if you don’t want to deal with the intricacies of Zoom breakout room management.)
- Keep going until a player gets a bingo! Then, bring everyone back into the main room, and have the player who won read out their bingo.
Pro tip: Sites like Bingo Baker offer easily modifiable bingo templates that you can create and share with your team!
🧐 Virtual Scavenger Hunt
We’ve all done scavenger hunts in real life, but how about virtually? This is a simple idea that can be really fun when executed well. As a fun side benefit, it gets your team up and out of their chairs - much needed during long days of working remotely and sitting at a desk!
Here’s how to pull off a Virtual Scavenger Hunt:
- Create a list of fun household items that people might have fun looking for. Examples are “a red appliance that can fit in your hand” or “an object that means a lot to you”.
- Send people the prompt, and have them take 1-2 minutes to search for an appropriate item!
- Then have everyone come back and share a few words about what they chose and why. If you have a bigger group, then you should consider splitting folks off into breakout rooms for this portion.
- At the end, whoever can find the most items from your list “wins”!
Pro tip: Theme your scavenger hunt for the holidays by adding in festive items for your team to search for!
😏 Word Sneak
If you’re a fan of Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, you might have heard of Word Sneak before. However, we’ve slightly modified it to make it a fun virtual team building activity designed to allow your remote team to get to know one another better.
To play Word Sneak:
- Compile a list of random words and assign 3-5 of them to each team member
- Break your team into pairs and have each pair go off into their own Zoom breakout room
- For 5-8 minutes, each partner will take turns trying to work their words into a casual conversation as seamlessly as possible using company-specific prompts
- At the end of each round, bring your team back to bask in the inevitable laughter that took place just moments before
- Repeat for as many rounds as you’d like (and planned for)
Pro tip: Up the ante by having each team member try to guess which word was snuck into conversation and tally up the points at the end of the event.