Who else is feeling the “Zoom fatigue”? It’s a tough crowd these days when you don’t know how to engage an audience or host a virtual meeting. But, when employees need a boost in morale, a laugh or even smile, event planners need to do some magic to really get the ball rolling.
So what can a business do to engage and motivate their employees? Studies show that investing in your employees will equal happier and more productive workers. And, happier employees means that they’ll work harder to make clients happier too. Managers and supervisors should incorporate team building activities in their meetings to get everyone involved and interactive.
Whether you’re using Zoom, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams or any other virtual platform, the capabilities of what you can do on these platforms are endless. Virtual events are still the norm and will continue to be the bridge between managers and employees and businesses and clients.
Here are 5 virtual team building activities you can try at your next meeting.
- Hire a Virtual Magician to host your next meeting
Did you know that magicians were one of the first types of entertainers to go virtual during the pandemic? There are tons of magicians that have gone virtual and have mastered the magic behind telecommunication platforms like Zoom. If you need a virtual MC to navigate your next meeting, a virtual magician is the perfect candidate to spice things up.
They’re also the perfect ice breakers with clients. If you give them your agenda and objective they’ll help set the tone of your meeting and do their magic to help get your sales pitch across. On the plus side, a virtual magic show is an exclusive experience that your client will remember you for because it’s different and unpredictable.
If you’re trying to engage employees, a virtual magic show is perfect for team building activities. The magician/host will break your crowd into teams to do virtual card magic tricks or teach mentalism and perception. If you’re looking to add some virtual magic for your next online business meeting, you should check out Harrison Kramer for virtual team building competitions, challenges, and educational workshops. His shows typically range from 15 to 120 minutes and can bring people together from all parts of the world.
- Two truths and one lie
It’s a game of deception, but at the same time can be humorous with any virtual crowd. It’s ideal to pay attention and to focus on your colleagues body language. It’s about memorizing what everyone else says.
How to play:
Each player presents three statements about themselves: two truths and one that is false. Everyone gets a chance to make a guess. The person who has the most correct guesses wins.
- “Show and tell” virtual activities
Although it sounds very elementary, it can help employees get to know you better. This activity in a virtual landscape will help keep your coworkers talking while getting personal. Managers can get their employees to choose an item or object that is intangible. For instance, a sports trophy, artwork or even a pet!
Show and tell helps others gain a better insight on that individual. As a result, you can build stronger bonds among coworkers. And, sometimes some co workers might have similar interests that others didn’t know about.
This activity should be about 1-2 minutes per person so that it doesn’t put too much pressure on those who don’t like to present. At the end of “show and tell”, everyone can have a discussion about what they learned from each other.
- Play “Werewolf” virtually
Werewolf is a fun game you can play with your employees virtually. With the capabilities of Zoom, WebEX, Microsoft teams or any other platform you can do a lot to enhance the game while sticking to the rules as if you were playing in-person.
Here is how to play:
Normally each player draws a card that indicates a role. There is a werewolf, villagers, medic or seer. In a virtual landscape you can use a random generation tool and send each person their role in a private chat message. Werewolves are the key players as they eat other players. Villagers vote who they think is a werewolf, medics can save a player and seers can reveal who is a wolf or not.
There is also a game master and they tell the tale of who gets eaten and who remains alive at the end of the night. When a gamemaster starts everyone has to close their eyes, and then the gamemaster will tell the wolves to wake up and decide who they want to eat. It’s a game wits, deceit and skilful manipulation. Virtually, it can be a fun game of listening, voting and having fun with your peers.
- Guess who is in the baby picture
This is a fun and quick game that can be played via Zoom meetings.
Here is how to play:
- The virtual host or manager gathers baby pictures of everyone (preferably ages 2-3).
- The host then pastes the images in a google doc and shares it with the team.
- Participants must then create a list of who they think each baby picture belongs to.
- The virtual MC then collects the answers, and announces the winner with the most correct guesses.
Being empathetic to employees during virtual meetings
Here is some advice to managers when hosting meetings or hiring someone to do it for you.
- Check in with your employees to see how they’re doing from time to time.
- Make them feel appreciated.
- Ask if they need any help
- Be open to feedback from employees
Planning virtual team building events and activities is tough, especially when we’ve all done so many this past year. But, the goal here is keep everyone closer together, even if many are still unsure about in-person events. Lastly, a good successful event or activity equals better performing employees. So keep being creative!