As work from home has become a norm, the future of work is going to be hybrid, if not 100% virtual.
‘Over 40% of workforce are considering a switch in 2022’ as per a study by Microsoft
The need for employees to be informed, engaged and motivated has gained paramount importance. Virtual team building games play a pivotal role to meet this goal. There is a new awareness amongst HR & Internal communications teams to boost employee satisfaction.
While a decade ago intranet and wikis bolstered knowledge sharing & collaboration, this decade is the onset of
The new era of company social networks – your company facebook / instagram / twitter
Virtual event platforms & employee mobile apps are in the forefront of building enterprise social networks. Last year has seen some of the most fun activities in online employee engagement. Here is a list of 21 activities best rated by the employees
Multi-player Virtual Team games
1. Company Got Talent
Time frame : Multi-month
Everyone is born with a talent that is meant to be shared.
Uncover the best voice amongst your employees OR that hidden magician who OR the dancing troupe who gets the crowd on their feet.
And who says it needs to end in one day? Do it as a multi-month activity with local auditions, multiple rounds, multiple seasons, just like every other “Got-talent TV show”. Time it in a way that you get to announce winners at your company’s foundation day.
TIP: Everyone is a winner so have a giveaway for every participant.
2. The Home Treasure Hunt
Time Frame : 2-3 weeks
“Go fetch something that is company’s brand color”
“Take a picture of the view outside your window”
“Solve the puzzle which is our company’s first product on the app”
“Who was our first client”
“Upload what’s for lunch today”
“Bring an item that starts with N”
Mix up trivia, photo contests, videos contests, puzzles to have timed scavenger hunts to create icebreakers between teams or new employees. Try to organize this activity as a surprise during a weekday for best result.
TIP: Do a random lottery to pick teams before you start.
3. Back to the Future Photo Contest
Time Frame : 1 day
This was a huge hit with employees since it helps everyone relive memories. A funphoto contest where you ask your employees to go through their phone gallery and upload
best photo from last month.
or last year on the same day
or first day they joined
How about a retro team outing photo?
Bonus if they caption it. Crowdsource winners and award them digital badges that they can showcase in the employee app’s leaderboard.
TIP: Yes you will be amazed by the variety
4. Me & My Pet
Time Frame : Once a year
You can NOT go wrong with a cute pet contest.
People including your employees love taking pictures of their pets, the only thing more popular is others adoring those photos. Pet contests have consistently ranked as the most popular contests we have.
The fun part of such contests is that you can get really creative.
During winters it could be dress-up-your pet contest
How about a best trick video contest ?
Or a unique pet contest
Pets contests are evergreen and loved by everyone. Be ready for a lot of aww’s
5. Team Video Contests
Time Frame : 30 days
Lights, Camera, Action!
Time to challenge teams to produce their own movies with creative storylines, seamless camerawork and collaborative execution.
We have observed this to be most successful when done with teams. Pre-covid, Mannequin Challenge was the favourite. With everyone working remotely these days #dontrushchallenge is gaining popularity. Best results seen when hosted bi-monthly.
TIP: Don’t forget to share a sample video and some tips
5. Photo Contests
Time Frame : Variable – depends on the contest
No place can be forgotten if you have memorable photos to look back on.
Use employee apps to build your company’s Instagram.
It could be the best Halloween costume contest, or best #WFH photo, or a ‘You-as-a-Baby’ series.
Collect them to build a surprise company scrapbook and don’t forget to promote the company’s favourite photos on social media. Best results when hosted bi-weekly, with winners announced on Sundays.
TIP: Choose an employee app platform that provides custom AR photo frames & hashtags
7. Virtual Trivia
Time Frame : 15 minutes weekly/monthly
When was the company founded?
What is the origin of our company name?
How many kids below 12 do all our employees have?
What is the name of our Company employee app?
Who was our company’s first female hire?
Listen to this song and guess which movie is it from?
How many times in the past year was Suez canal blocked?
Time to form the trivia committee who run weekly trivia themes. This activity works best when hosted on a weekday at 3:30 PM.
TIP: Assign teams so you can track team leaderboards too, besides individual winners
6. #WFH Cook Off
Time Frame : Over weekend
Who doesn’t miss those office potlucks ?
There is a chef within all of us and of course, so while those potlucks might be rare today, there is no reason we can’t go behind the scenes and enjoy live cooking – masterchef style.
Whether it is a mystery box challenge of making something sweet with vegetables or cooking a 3 course meal in 30 minutes, or baking the most creative cake – your employees will have a ton of fun! For best results, host these activities over the weekend.
TIP: Leverage your employee app to upload recipes and create your company’s Cookbook
Virtual Team building events
8. Comedy Club
Laughter is the best medicine
You won’t find a better way to get your employees in an upbeat mood than to host your company’s own comedy club. Invite professional stand-up comedians for a live show, or let that hidden comic-genius amongst your colleagues have a go at office humor.
Best results are seen when hosted monthly on Wednesdays, to help employees get over the mid-week hump.
TIP: Don’t forget to come up with a funny name for the company’s comedy club
9. Virtual Workout
The best gift you can give to your employees is to make fitness their favourite habit. A large percentage of your employees might have already subscribed to individual fitness classes, but doing a virtual workout with your colleagues creates that healthy bond.
With nunify, you can go live with a fitness trainer or livestream a pre-recorded fitness video. Best results are when hosted weekly on Mondays to help employees get over those Monday blues.
TIP : Online Meditation is also a great stress-busting workout
10. Virtual Concert
Nothing can be more relaxing than enjoying a live concert.
With nunify, you can stream a pre-recorded concert as well reduce the stress of internet issues when live. Don’t forget to uncover those hidden musicians and give them the exposure they’ve never had. Best results when hosted quarterly. Check out our experience with virtual concerts
TIP: Poll your employees for their favourite bands they want to hear live
11. Company Radio & Podcasts
Good morning !!!! – it’s 9:01 am and you are listening to our company radio show.
We are on for the next 2 hours with our company CEO sharing the emerging trends in 2021, followed by a curated playlist by our Operations team.
Feel free to raise your hand to come live on-air. If you can’t come LIVE we got you covered – today’s show will be in the podcast section of our employee app.
Get your employees on-board and excited for the day with a company radio that lets them learn, unwind, and participate in activities.
TIP: To get an audience run live contests
12. Virtual Office Water Cooler Hour
Nope not all water cooler talk needs to be gossip.
Have a live office cooler hour for anyone to join in to share their personal or team experiences. It could be about the new baking recipe they tried out yesterday or the best sales anecdote – give a platform for those stories to be heard.
Best results seen when the activity is hosted every Friday!
TIP: Don’t over-moderate, trust your employees to self discipline – after all, you hired them!
13. Live Gravity Challenge
Confused? Made popular on Tik Tok & Instagram this challenge is simple except lets do it live!
- Choose a male AND a female colleague and bring them LIVE on screen.
- Ask them to get on all fours
- Then ask them to rest their forearms on the floor, followed by their elbows, with their faces resting in their hands.
- Then, they quickly move their arms from the ground to behind their back.
Here is how others fared! This activity is best done once.
TIP: Our bet is that women crush it. Don’t forget to record the challenge.
14. Micro-Learning Virtual Workshops
Learning never stops and it doesn’t always need to be about work. Invite external experts or find one within your company to continuously teach and learn new skills & techniques. It could be How to bake your own sourdough, or 30 must use shortcuts in excel, or Under 5 minutes makeup essentials – no dearth of topics.
Best results done weekly.
TIP: Keep it short and have limited seats – let your audience ask for more.
15. Online Book Club
Reading is a dying art with the onset of social media & netflix. All great leaders are readers and a company book club can be a great start to find your next generation of leaders.
Use your employee app to build a digital library with recommendations from avid book fans.
Host book club meetups to discuss the book-of-the-month.
TIP: Internal podcasts could be used to promote audio books but be careful of copyrights
16. Company Cribs
Remember MTV Cribs?
Let’s go live weekly into one of our colleague’s homes. Let them give us a tour of their home and share their favourite things. If they feel comfortable we get to say hi to their family and it surely is a great way to know each other on a personal level
TIP : Ideal for small teams where all team members are comfortable
17. Virtual Karaoke Battle
Do we need to say more? Best results when done anytime – every night can be karaoke night and convert it to be a championship with brackets!
TIP : Your CEO & COO have to be the first ones to battle it out with live results
18. Virtual Offsite & Team Dinners
If we can enjoy virtual birthdays and virtual weddings we surely can have a virtual offsite with our teams ending with an amazing dinner that everyone orders from their favourite restaurant nearby. Don’t forget to send them their offsite goodies – what better way to surprise them and have everyone wear the offsite hoodie at the virtual event
TIP: Add frequent breaks and trim the agenda
19. Virtual Culture Trip
Who doesn’t miss their annual vacation to new places? While we can’t wait to get back to travelling, let’s make the best of what we have.
A virtual culture tour from our colleagues.
With an increasingly diverse workforce coming from different countries & cultures, ask individuals to share unique culture facts & tips. So when we are back to travelling, our colleague’s hometown would surely be an option . Best results done monthly.
TIP: Make it interactive by asking them to teach us a few words in their language
20. Virtual Celebrations
Use push notifications, virtual events , app contests and more to celebrate festivals, company milestones, individual achievements, diversity, anniversaries & birthdays. Celebrate small wins and most importantly celebrate each other.
22. Meet In-Person!
Meeting in person in itself will be an event. Ensure you make the most out of it.
To wrap up, the 21 ideas we listed above will help make your employee engagement program more interactive, inclusive, fun and motivated. Just remember to get creative, think outside the box, and ask your team what they want. Don’t forget to share with us your ideas.