16 Virtual Team Building Activities To Engage Your Remote Employees 

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Virtual events remain a hot topic across many industries at the moment. The uncertainty of when ‘normal’ will return means companies cannot wait around to find out when they can plan physical teambuilding events and more and more are looking for virtual solutions to keep their teams engaged and to raise some much needed moral.

It is more important than ever to keep your customers and co-workers engaged, motivated and appreciated. So, we’re taking a look at our top 16 favourite virtual team building options which purposely do just that!

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What can virtual team building offer?

Virtual team building can offer the following benefits for small teams or employees company-wide:

  • It can strengthen team relationships and give remote employees a chance to socialise. This is really important when staff are working from home, as it can help them to relax and communicate more productively.
  • As well as benefiting employees, virtual team building events can reduce the costs and carbon footprints of running physical company events.
  • Virtual events allow you to reach a wider audience, where people across branches can join from anywhere.

If you’re interested in connecting your remote teams, here are some of the fun interactive virtual team building activities we offer that can be customised to suit your needs.

Exciting virtual team building ideas for your next event

1. Virtual Sushi Making Class

Test your teams’ creative flair with an energising sushi-making class.

The cooking class teaches attendees how to make a range of delicious sushi, including classic Maki sushi and different modern varieties.

We deliver the specialist ingredients to your employees’ doors ahead of the event. They will then be guided by a leading sushi chef, learning by live stream how to make sushi perfectly and how to expertly garnish their sushi creations.

This is a great activity if you want to give your team a unique virtual cooking experience whilst learning new skills. It can even be turned into a competitive team event to ramp up the stakes!

2. A Cocktail Masterclass at Home

Who does not love a cocktail?

This bespoke team building activity will certainly inject some fun into any virtual event. The branding options are endless including creating your very own company cocktail.

The icing on the cake of this absolute treasure of an activity is ingredients and equipment can be sent out in an exciting package the attendees receive in advance.

During the session, the attendees interact with each other and there is of course, time at the end to enjoy your creations and network some more!

3. Virtual Race Night

Bring the thrill of the races to your remote teams, with a Horses for Courses live-streamed event!

Your employees place their bets and gather in private virtual VIP boxes to strategise and share laughs together, whether betting individually or in virtual groups.

This fast-paced experience gives attendees a few minutes to place their bets while the horses make their way to the start line. Bookies and industry experts share inside market tips and a professional compare is on hand for hosting and entertainment throughout.

4. Interactive Team Quizzes

We all had lots of fun at the beginning of lockdown teaching our grandma’s how to use zoom so they could dial in for the weekly family call, usually enhanced with a good old quiz...which let’s face it 9 times out of 10 ended in a family dispute.

However, there are some fantastic ones out there and this is remains one of the most popular ways of engaging teams across the virtual globe.

To add the scavenger hunt element – answers to questions can relate to household objects – figure out the answer, go and find the object in your house and be the first back to the screen to win!

5. Escape Room Challenge

Perfect for small groups, this virtual team building activity puts a unique spin on escape room games.

Attendees need to solve puzzles and challenges for their host to escape the room. Teams will need to instruct the host around the room, who will be in communication with them through a headset and cameras on a live video feed.

Games include an employee kidnap, a diamond hunt and a murder mystery, with exciting clues and tasks to decipher. There’s also an opportunity to customise the event and include branded items in the room.

The virtual escape room game requires a collaborative team effort and could be a strong addition to a virtual conference or staff training event.

6. The Great Virtual Bake-Off

Ready, set, bake! This virtual edition of the famous bake-off allows teams to show off their precision and creativity in a fun contest designed to boost mental wellbeing.

Attendees will be ‘treat’-ed to a cook along with a leading Patisserie chef, who will guide them through making some spectacular bakes. Though there’ll be no taste scoring (and no Paul Hollywood), the design, presentation and visual techniques of creations can be scored to challenge teams and crown a winner.

Special baking kits are delivered to their doors ahead of the event with pre-weighed ingredients to take out some of the hassles of a messy kitchen. This therapeutic task will teach attendees how to bake things like profiteroles, soda bread, or cakes with sugar roses from scratch, and be rewarded with delicious results.

7. Bongo Bingo

If you have ever had the pleasure of attending a live bongo bingo session in pre-covid world, you know to expect absolute madness.

The same levels of crazy can be experienced on the virtual platform and prizes can be tailored to suit your audience but should always include a life size cardboard cut-out of Ross from friends and some coco pops...This is bingo at its absolute best!.

8. A murder mystery experience

Challenge your teams to an interactive virtual murder mystery, guaranteed to provide entertainment and intrigue.

An online host guides the event as attendees use their pre-delivered special packs to get into character, reveal clues and review evidence. Attendees must find clues and assess the crime scene with a mix of player interaction and on-screen scenes, voice recordings and videos.

The event is created by a professional writer and themes, evidence, characters, plot and branding can be customised.

The aim of the challenge is to submit accusations for the murderer, weapon and motive. Popular themes include Masquerade, Great Gatsby, Peaky Blinders, Bond 007, 80s Kids TV, 90s nostalgia, Christmas, Halloween, Hollywood and Swinging 60s.

9. Chocolate challenge

The chocolate making challenge is a delicious team building activity that will be sure to create lasting memories, connect your teams, and boost morale.

Teams will be entertained by an experienced Chocolatier and provided with the finest fair-trade chocolate, to learn new chocolate making skills and create tasty sweet treats – all from the comfort of their kitchen.

From creating chocolate bars from beans, to making decadent ganache and tempering chocolate, teams can take part in an interactive activity that inspires creativity. The chocolate challenge would be ideal as part of a virtual away day, and we can include the element of a sales pitch and presentation to amp up team interactivity.

10. Virtual festival

Using our in-house platform, you can create a multi-day experience that can extend to a global audience.

Your virtual festival can feature virtual performances, summits, panels, awards and more, with leading musical artists, influencers and experts able to present.

A virtual festival would work well as part of a product launch or a wide-scale company update, to highlight inspirational messages and new developments.

11. In for a penny

If you have not seen the TV show staring one of our favourite friends of First Event Stephen Mulhurn, you are missing an absolute treat.

The show consists of lots of fun, very low budget games which are very translatable to the virtual world.

Depending on your budget – you can even have the man himself, Mr Stephen Mulhern to host the evening – a treat that your attendees with lots of fun challenges they will love!

12. Motivational speaker

All good leaders inspire their team and in a time when we all need a motivational boost, a guest speaker is worth their weight in gold.

Choosing a speaker that can inspire your team through a period of adversity or transition is an excellent idea to guide your team through a period of change.

At First Event we work with an array of amazing guest speakers than can inspire and encourage through their stories of facing challenges in adverse times.

13. Live Lounge

We are all missing a good dance and sing-along.

Why not give your attendees the gift of just simply having a good fun evening of entertainment.

Guests can enjoy your company exclusive live lounge set. Filmed and streamed from our studio into your attendee’s home, the whole family will be entertained from the comfort of their living room.

14. Wellbeing session

In this uncertain present world, it is no surprise that mental health issues have seen a dramatic rise.

There are a huge variety of wellbeing virtual sessions that can be offered to your team and what better way to show you care.

From 3D google cards transporting you to a yoga session on a hill in Thailand to zoom fitness classes, or care packages sent to your staff – there are an abundance of ways you can show your team you care.

15. Virtual cook along

Hands up, who made a banana bread during lockdown?

Having more time at home has definitely brought out the chef in most of us.

From baking to sushi making, a virtual cook along is not only loads of fun but teaches a few cooking techniques along the way.

Enhance this experience with a celebrity chef – live and direct into your kitchen, helping you make that perfect dish for your dinner!

16. Through the keyhole

Take a peek into some of your colleague’s homes. Guess from the clues available…who lives in a house like this.

It doesn’t have to be houses, you can do clues for cities, places of interest, famous buildings – the list is endless and can be catered to suit your company.

For any more information on these virtual events and for more inspiration, feel free to contact us here.

How to encourage team building virtually

  • Keep the session interactive: encourage people to ask questions and comment throughout the event with chat tools, polls or quizzes. Increasing opportunities for interaction can keep attendees engaged and take away key messages. You may need to have a moderator on hand to monitor the comments and questions.

  • Ensure the visual display of the event allows for accessibility: check that the language used on any visual material, fonts and displays can easily be read and understood on virtual presentations or other material. You may need to use a higher contrast for screen visibility, and captions for audio and imagery.

  • Having the right level of technical support on hand to attendees is key. People may not be familiar with some of the technology and you may need to help them navigate their connection and other technical issues before, during and after the event. Providing a guide to distribute beforehand and having answers ready for common FAQs will allow issues to be addressed more smoothly.

  • If you have global teams joining in, think about the best time to reach the widest audience conveniently. For example, right now we’re planning a virtual summit from 2 pm to 12 am to accommodate attendees from the UK, US, Hong Kong and Germany. Also double-checking the date for any conflicts in each area will be useful to gain maximum attendance.

  • Social media is vital! There are many ways to promote your event on social and keep up the team building buzz - streaming certain parts on Facebook Live, using event hashtags, and communicating via live tweeting, can be a simple way to gain feedback and encourage engagement.

Our top tip!

Everyone loves receiving an unexpected package in the post and each of these team building ideas can be enhanced with a pre or post gift.

This really does create lots of excitement around your team-building event and leaves a lasting impression on your attendees.

Make the package look exciting- it is also a great time to show off some of your branding!

For any more information on these virtual team building activities, including pricings, please head to our Contact page. We're more than happy to discuss any bespoke requirements you may have.