We all know how enjoyable it is when we work within a close and supportive team. A team where people know and trust each other, where energy is high and the team solves problems together, spots opportunities together and creates new approaches together. Over the last year, we have heard from lots of people working remotely, that the physical distance is making it harder for their teams to feel as connected, or to welcome in new members of the team or to feel energised.
Fun activities in team meetings can help our team members connect to each and remind them of all the brilliant people they have on their side. When choosing an activity, it is important to consider the purpose of it, and that it delivers what you need. Some activities help your colleagues get to know each other and build a climate of openness and trust. Other activities help create the right energy that is needed for the meeting topics, whether that is solving a problem or generating new ideas or innovative approaches.
Whatever the activity you choose, ensure you follow these three golden rules:
The following are examples of fun things to try in your team meeting:
This is a great activity to help the team get to know each other better. Everyone holds up one hand with five fingers extended. You then read out different activities or experiences, and if a team member has done that activity or has had that experience, they put one finger down. The activity ends when one person has put down all their fingers, and they shout bingo. The following are some examples of what you can read out:
Depending on the time available, you can follow up on any of these to learn more from the people who put their finger down.
If your team prefers or needs a video-off method, you can also make bingo cards or use the Chat Function of your online meeting as an alternative.
This activity helps people learn about their colleagues and can bring energy to the beginning of the meeting. Ask every member of your team to send you the name of a song that they love or are listening to a lot at the moment. In the team meeting play a snippet of one song and team members have to guess who chose it. You can then play another song or leave the others for future meetings. Make sure you include a song yourself. Be clear that all tastes are welcome. Where sound is an issue, you could substitute the music for lyrics, or support your team with live captioning.
This one helps team members deepen their connections with each other. Ask every member of your team to show or describe to the group something they have which means a lot to them. It could be a prized possession, an item from childhood, something they have learnt from, or something they are passionate about. You can lead the way by going first, and you can reduce the “competition” element by choosing an item to show which isn’t overly grand. You could then ask one member of the team to share their item at each subsequent meeting.
This is a good activity to help people think in new ways, and is helpful if you need energy, creativity and innovation in your meeting. You give the team members a hypothetical question and give them a moment to come up with their own answer. The team then shares their answers and why they choose it. The following are some examples of hypothetical questions you could try:
When you need your team to engage in problem solving, lateral thinking activities can get their brains going. There are no right answers to these activities, but they help team members consider the possibilities. You read the situation, and give everyone a minute to choose their answer, before everyone shares their reasoning. Situations can include:
All these activities can help your team form deeper bonds and strengthen their understanding and trust with each other. Whatever activity you choose, have fun with it. And make sure that everyone’s contributions are listened to and appreciated. Suspend all judgment. You can also ask team members to come up with future activities and then lead those, to make team building a true collaborative effort.
If you have a great idea for making online team meetings more interesting, we’d love to hear it. Contact us online or call 020 7978 1516 to discuss how we can help your team with creativity, innovation and working together.