“No, not that again...let’s think of something different? Anyone wants to volunteer to share new ideas?”
The message flashed on the Slack group. And we started wondering what to do today.
Over the last year, work culture across the globe has been remodeled in ways none of us ever imagined. The shift to a full-fledged remote work setup came with its share of challenges. A major one was — How to keep teams engaged and active?
Just like work culture, team-building activities also need a fresh approach to keep up with the changing circumstances. Here are some ideas to try out during team meetings and standups to keep things interesting and engaging.
Icebreakers (probably the coolest of them!?)
They are a bit awkward in the beginning but always end up creating the most laughter, don't they?
For those who don't know, icebreakers are a set of questions team members ask each other to get the conversation rolling in the most light-hearted way.
Questions can include:
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
- Share 2 truths and a lie about you.
- What's your recent facepalm moment?
Discover a whole new side of your team
The core intention of any team-building activity is to help people know each other beyond their work profiles. And we all know, there's always a guitarist, movie buff, or singer hidden in all of us. By the way, did you show those beautiful pictures you keep capturing to your new colleague? This is your chance!
How about a theme for every week to hunt these hidden gems?
Block time slots to catch up with your team members and bond over these interests. To ensure they happen regularly, pre-plan and keep a theme decided for the whole quarter.
Collaborate, compete and conquer together
Encourage teams to host short, informative workshops or quick doodling competitions where they get a chance to collaborate with their co-workers in a healthy competitive environment.
Teams can also lead a 10-15 minutes presentation on what they work on day in and day out. For instance, the design team could take their fellow departments on a tour to show how designing works, and what makes them come back to their desk every morning. And then maybe, address some of the doubts or bust some myths about designing that their colleagues might have. It will be an interesting ride for everyone joining.
These events truly make for a great chance to bring members of all departments together, drive creativity and work on something they are deeply passionate about. You can arrange for such events once every quarter to slowly get people to gel with every other member of the organization.
Let's solve a few quizzes before we end the team meeting?
The founder of The Escape Game says, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." That couldn't be more accurate. After reading an article based on the concept of his games, we were inspired to design an activity that allows team members to spend some time together in the middle of a busy workday.
Long Zoom calls can infuse a bit of boredom, so, how can you charge everyone up before they move on to their next task? Get them to solve a set of quizzes before leaving the meeting. They will not just have fun but will also get to witness the crazy sides of their colleagues!
Teams who solve first, win the day! Want them to participate actively? Maintain the points tally and reward the team that tops the chart in that month!
If you are sold on this team meeting idea, you are going to love Bored’s Trivia! With over 60+ awesome topics on board, the Trivia rounds will make sure to fuel that much-needed fire on hump days.