Three Great Activities To Engage Remote Employees

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to a number of challenges and has seen millions of people working from home and learning new ways of adapting.  One of the biggest problems faced by remote workers is the sense of isolation, and combatting that has proven to be a daunting challenge for even the most talented of managers. 

If it’s something you’re struggling with, this piece is for you.  Below, we’ll explore a few remote team building activities you can arrange for your remote workers to make them feel like they’re less alone and help forge stronger bonds between your employees who no longer have the opportunity to interact with each other face to face.  If that sounds good to you, read on!

A Peek Behind The Curtain

Although your employees might know various details about each other, few employees ever get a peek inside the homes of their coworkers.  Assuming all of your employees are amenable to the idea, set up a series of virtual tours.

Have each employee take a short video with their phone, taking their teammates on a guided tour of their living space.  Then, next time everyone is together on whatever virtual meeting software you’re using, have everyone take turns sharing their video with the team, and encourage all employees to really let their creativity flow when creating the videos.

Personal Fact Guessing Game

This is another fun way for your virtual teammates to get to know each other better.  Privately, you, as the manager, communicate with each member of your team and ask them to share some personal facts about themselves.

The manager compiles these into a document which is shared with the whole team.  Next to each fact, there’s an empty column where each employee will write in the name of the person they think the fact is associated with, and then, those guesses are shared during the next virtual meeting.  Once everyone’s guesses are in, the manager provides the “answer key,” so everyone can see how they did.

Depending on the facts you get and the guesses made, this can lead to all sorts of lighthearted fun, and it’s a great way for various team members to get to know each other better.

Two Truths and A Lie

This is a variant on the fact guessing game.  Each of your employees takes turn making three statements about themselves.  The rules of the game are simple:  Two of the three statements are true, and the third one is a lie.  It’s up to your other participating employees to work out which of the statements is false.

To make the game more interesting, you, as the manager, can keep score and award the person with the most correct guesses with some small prize or another.

These games may seem silly and lighthearted, but there’s a serious point and purpose to them. 

Not only do they help your remote workers feel less isolated, they play an important role in helping to forge bonds between members of a remote team that has lost the ability to forge those bonds via face to face interactions.  There’s tremendous value in that and these games are highly recommended.