It's been a good two years since the pandemic began. Many companies have undergone a complete transition to remote work during this time, and some have actively adapted hybrid options for visiting the office. Onboarding new employees in this current working environment demand fresh approaches for new hire adaptation. A traditional way to introduce new employees to their team was good old team building. But with post-pandemic working conditions, good old-fashioned team building just isn’t what it used to be.
In this blog, we're going to take a look at ten icebreaker activities that will help remote teams get to know each other better at a virtual corporate event.
Two Truths and One Lie is the most popular icebreaking game out there. Party.Space’s clients love to use this game at virtual parties online and during informal offline meetings.
The rules are simple. Ask participants to write three statements, two of which are true and one is a lie. The first teammate then shares their statements, and other participants take turns guessing which is true while singling out the lie.
You can count points and reward those who guess correctly.
The typical "How are you?" type of small talk is not the best way to start an engaging conversation. Instead, try letting your teammates rate their mood using a scale from 1 to 10. For example: "How do you feel today on a scale of 1 to 10" or "What is your energy level today?".
After every participant has answered, you can directly determine the general mood of the group, which means you’ll have a better idea of how to continue the meeting.
This icebreaker game is best used when people first arrive at your virtual party.
Ask participants to take a picture of a particular topic. It can be anything: objects on the table, the view outside their window, a desktop screenshot, and so on.
A new popular trend is to photograph your socks during a Zoom virtual party.
Give your group five minutes to take photos and post them for all participants to see. Let your teammates comment on their photos and then discuss the pictures you see.
You can use this icebreaker as a weekly challenge for your virtual coffee breaks. That way the themes and topics have a good chance of being completely different.
Like the previous challenge, this ice-breaking activity is pure fun. Ask participants to pick up their phones and show the last photo they took. Images can be sent to the general chat or shown on their webcam. Have participants briefly describe the story behind their pictures.
This virtual activity is an excellent icebreaker that will encourage people to talk and get to know each other better.
This icebreaker should complement every list of must-have virtual activities for your virtual party. People like to take group photos, both virtually and at meetings. Attendees can make this activity more interesting by making faces, bringing pets, taking exciting poses, and making funny gestures. Be creative.
You can use this icebreaker regularly. These types of photos are helpful content for your work chat and social networks.
Everyone loves quizzes. Start your meeting with this icebreaker to get people emotionally charged and attentive.
At the beginning of your virtual meeting, ask participants an exciting question and give them some time to prepare a response. Discuss the answers.
If you meet regularly, you can make this virtual icebreaker traditional. And in case you're having trouble with where to get good questions, read this blog.
This icebreaker is useful if you want your meeting to be more philosophical.
Ask participants to write down their childhood dream. During the discussion, everyone needs to compare their childhood dreams with the ones they currently have.
It's good to discuss how our desires and goals change throughout life. Quite often, it is this game that brings out the best aspects of each other’s character. However, at times it can also worsen the moods of individual participants - not everyone likes to remember their childhood.
Instead of asking your co-workers how they feel and avoiding bland phrases, ask them to draw their current mood. All you need is your imagination, a pencil, a piece of paper. Give your teammates five minutes to complete the picture. Then, look at each participant's drawings and discuss their pictures in your group.
This is a fun activity that effectively arouses your team’s creativity.
This virtual training activity is a helpful icebreaker that develops creativity.
Ask participants if they had a time machine; where would they go in the past? Why? Who would they like to meet? What to change?
You can ask the same questions when assuming your teammates went to the future.
Give participants some time to think and prepare their answers. Then, ask them to share what they came up with.
This virtual party is the perfect icebreaker to get attendees excited about enjoying a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail.
You can teach your teammates how to make one or two new drinks. To do so, you need to send all the required ingredients to participants’ homes in advance.
There are many types of non-alcoholic drinks: lemonade, kombucha, cocktails, etc. In addition, you can choose drinks that correspond to the season, region, or product that your company deals with.
Each participant learns how to prepare a cocktail according to the recipe you provide and will enjoy tasting it.
And if you still have not decided where to hold your next corporate party, pay attention to Party.Space. We are always happy to organize a unique event for teams of twenty people or international companies with several thousand participants. Good luck with your virtual party!
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