Virtual Teams. Remote Teams. Hybrid Teams. Many different names, but one thing is for sure…it’s important they get bonded through some virtual team building activities!
Hi my name is Aaron and I run Laughtercise. It’s great to have you hear reading this resource! 😀
We’re rather unconventional at Laughtercise, so this resource is full of virtual team building activities for remote teams that are a little bit unconventional.
Other resources will have hundreds of virtual team building ideas, ours has less. But these ideas have been tried and tested on thousands of employees with fantastic results. We’re about quality, not quantity. And…our top tip is this…never use the word Icebreaker! Read this resource on Icebreaker Games research to see why.
We’ve selected some online team building ideas that we play in our Laughtercise Online Corporate Team Building Workshops that you will be able to play with your teams. We’ve also answered some frequently Googled searches about online team building.
Manage a remote team? Manage a global team? Look after a team of nurses? We’ve got you 💪
Four Fun Virtual Team Building Activities
This is a brilliant and bitesize activity that can take less than 5 minutes. It will create a huge amount of feel-good and energy in your team:
You will need:
1 paper plate (or piece of card) and 1 pen per person. Your team members can use any piece of paper or card they have
Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper on their head
Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on their paper or card. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg
Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing
Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!
Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show to everyone on camera
Step 6 – Have a laugh at the drawings!
This activity is perfect to get everyone up on their feet and shake up their senses. It requires a bubbly person to facilitate this game! Check out a team doing this activity 👇
You will need:
Step 1 – Get everyone standing up
Step 2 – Instruct everyone that you will be shaking off each limb and saying ‘7,6,5,4,3,2,1’ as you do it
Step 3 – Instruct everyone that after ‘7,6,5,4,3,2,1’ you’ll only do ‘6,5,4,3,2,1’ and so on right down to just ‘1’ for each limb!
This game will challenge and reinvigorate brain cells! How fast can you switch?? 👍👈
Written and video instructions below 👇
Check out a team of nurses playing this game and see the laughter it creates 👇
Laughtercise Opposites Game
Now this game takes a bit of facilitation, but it’s worth it!! The beauty of this game is that you can keep coming back to it throughout your meeting. You give commands and everyone has to do the opposite command. The nurses below are doing level 4 of our opposites game where clap/click and hoho/haha are opposite. Sounds a bit mad huh? But it works a right treat 👇
You will need:
Step 1 – Instruct everyone that when you say ‘clap’, they have to clap. When you say ‘click’, they have to click
Step 2 – Make it opposite!
Step 3 – Add in ‘Move’ and ‘Freeze’. When you say ‘move’, everyone has to get dancing! When you say ‘freeze’, they have to freeze. But the ‘clap’ and ‘click’ remain opposite!
Step 4 – Make it opposite! Everything becomes opposite!
Virtual Team Building Idea For A Global Team Meeting
Have you got a big global team? Here is a game that you can play with an huge amount of people, and all you need is a coin…
Heads or Tails
This game is as simple as it gets for facilitation. It’s a great little activity that creates a bit of competition.
You will need:
A coin (ideally a large coin like a 2p or 50p)
Step 1 – Get everyone standing up
Step 2 – Instruct everyone that you will be flipping a coin in the air. Tell them that, as it’s flipping, if you think it’ll land on heads, put your hands on your head. If you think tails, put your hand on your bottom. If you get it right, keep standing. If you get it wrong, sit down
Step 3 – Keep flipping until only one person is standing! (for large groups it will take longer)
Virtual Team Building Activities For Nurses
Nurses…we love you. We’ve said it. And we mean it 💙
We have had the absolute pleasure of delivering our Laughtercise Team Building Workshops to nurses across 40+ NHS trusts. We’re ever so proud about creating these nurse smiles 👇
As well as these smiles while delivering our Team Building Workshops online for nurses 👇
We want to support you in one thing, and one thing only…putting huge smiles on the faces of your nurse teams 💙
If you have budget for a virtual team building activity, get it in touch with us. Our Virtual Team Building Sessions for nurses in the UK start from just £95. In a recent NHS study, 77% of session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their virtual team event.
Have fun and keep up the great work 💙 I’ll leave you with a nurse joke. I warn you, it’s cheesy.
Why should a nurse always carry a red pen?
In case they need to draw blood.
Awful huh? But so awful it’s good?? 😁
Virtual Team Building Activity Companies
Online escape rooms, virtual horse racing and virtual murder mysteries…there are loads of activities to choose from that are provided by virtual team building activity companies.
Check out feedback from teams all around the world 👇
“Every virtual meeting should start with a Laughtercise session! What better way to get your energy levels up!” – Amazon Employee
“We absolutely loved our virtual session. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun on a Microsoft Teams meeting! It was great to connect with everyone through a bit of fun” – NHS Employee
Here are some very happy and smiley remote team members 👇
Virtual Company Christmas Party
Two snowmen are in a field and one says to the other ‘can you smell carrots’? 😁
Get it?! Snowmen… carrots for a nose?
Anyway, enough of the bad Christmas cracker jokes! But let’s stay on the theme of laughter…would you like your team to have the most fun and giggles they’ve ever had for Christmas 2023…?
Imagine your team giggling and smiling all together this Christmas to a Laughtercise session. Maybe your organisation has had a tough year? It would great to give everyone a wonderful stress-release to end the year huh? ✅
Laughtercise Virtual Team Building Sessions – FAQs
Q. Can sessions be delivered on Zoom and Teams?
A. Yes, both
Q. How long does a session last?
A. Anywhere between 30mins – 1hr
Q. Are there any minimum or maximum numbers?
A. The limit is 1000 attendees
Q. How much does a session cost?
A. Our sessions start from £295 and this price covers up to 30 attendees
Hungry for more team building ideas? Check out our full guide to Team Building Activities.
Virtual Team Building FAQ’s
What is remote team building?
Remote team building are any activities outside the normal; activities that bond your team outside of normal work routines. It’s incredibly challenging to create the same bond in remote teams that you will find in office based teams. Remote team building activities help to bridge this gap.
Why is remote team building important?
Remote team building is important because working remotely has significantly increased since the pandemic. What does this mean? Less in-person contact between teams. The benefits of working in an office environment are hard to replicate in a remote team and that’s why it’s even more critical you invest into team building time for your teams. Even it’s just a cuppa and natter, it’s important to find time for team building.
What are fun virtual team building activities?
Examples of fun virtual team building activities are quizzes, joint workout sessions and playing remote team building games.
In this resource you will find some wild and fun games that we play in our Online Corporate Team Building Workshops.
What is the #1 virtual team building activity to use?
The #virtual team building activity to use is most definitely the ‘drawing ahead’ game! This game is a great example of using fun and difference to bond a team. It will create smiles and giggles and be remembered. This is what teams look like when they play it 👇
Should I pay a company to provide a team building activity?
In our opinion, it’s yes or no. No if you have someone in your team that would be happy and confident in delivering a virtual engagement activity. Save money! 😁
Yes if you’re struggling to find that person. After all, facilitating remote team building activities is challenging. If you have a big team – and you want a big impact – you might want to hire a virtual team building company.
How much does it cost to hire a virtual team building company?
⭐ And that’s a virtual team building wrap! ⭐
With or without Laughtercise, we hope you smash your remote team time 😁
From Aaron & Team Laughtercise