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7 Virtual Team Building Exercises In The Times Of Work from Home

With almost the entire workforce having gotten into WFH mode, it has allowed us to look at new ways of effective work patterns. This has also necessitated organisations to look at training and developmental activities from a different perspective. Apart from functional training, it is equally essential to keep employees motivated, focused, and working in an integrated way. The below-listed team building activities can be practice for this lock-in period.

Each of these activities can have an impact on the collective consciousness, keeping the professional, physical, and emotional well-being and development of employees. 

1. Online Webinars

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The training sessions should focus on self-development topics. This helps the employees to deliberate on practical ideas keeping them oriented and absorbed. Joint sessions on such issues are important stimulants to culture farming, embedding shared values, and behaviour patterns.

2. Case Study Discussion 

These help to fine-tune skillsets and at the same time, open up different perspectives on common issues. Case studies can be for specific groups based on the role the employees play. This helps a lot in arriving at a joint strategy and approach going forward.

3. Fitness Challenges

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Work from home disrupts the daily routine that has been followed for years. There is a paradigm shift in the physical routine, bringing about reduced mobility. Physical fitness, being a precursor to emotional and professional agility, is an important aspect that can get ignored.

You can start WhatsApp groups of fitness enthusiasts wherein staff put in workout-from-home fitness videos. Encourage your team to use fitness apps and conduct challenges where staff members can put up targets and share results. A sense of healthy competition is a good motivation factor.

4. Online Snap Polls And Surveys

These can be on strategy, policies, etc. They help staff move towards a shared vision and common organisational goals. The results are shared transparently, and the best suggestions are appreciated and acknowledged in the group. When these suggestions get implemented on the ground, there is a sense of commonly shared accomplishment.

5. Book Clubs And Debates 

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E-discussions and debates on specific topics which are industry-related, social, philosophical, spiritual etc. encourage the exchange of diverse views and flow of thoughts.

6. Music Clubs

Exchange music notes, play e-antakshari! People can post their own songs or some good numbers on WhatsApp groups or enthusiasts can conduct e-sessions. This helps collective re-energising and destressing. Shared hobbies and passions bring in a special bonding amongst people.

7. Cook-Offs 

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Work from home has brought out the unknown skills of people. There is plenty of time and room for carrying out cooking and culinary experiments. Exchanging notes/ photos on dishes prepared brings in common non-work specific grounds and breaking barriers amongst our team members.

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