Team Building Activities

Team building activities can help leaders foster trust, communication, and loyalty even when their teams work remotely or at different job sites.

Top-performing technology companies like Google have paved the way for all industries to build a people-friendly and productive work culture. Most companies are now adopting initiatives that encourage self-organization, communication, and creativity. In the new and improved workplace everyone on the team feels valued. And teams align themselves strongly with the company mission.

Team-building activities also help to foster trust, communication, creativity, and a shared purpose. Even when your team works remotely or, as in the building industry, at different job sites.

“Escape rooms”, bowling, or ping-pong are currently very popular and great fun. But there are online activities you can use to strengthen the team spirit at your company.

Studies on Team Building Activities

Let’s look at some studies and surveys. A study by the American Psychological Association concluded that “…communication and shared identity within a team can mediate the effects of physical separation.” TINYpulse surveyed 200,000 employees. Camaraderie and peer motivation were the top motivator for them in the workplace. Another survey concluded that learning and development were important. You can meet these objectives with team-building activities!

Get Your Team Building Activities Going in 3 Steps

Whatever the goal is, there are three essential elements to team-building activities. They apply in person or online.

  1. First, you need to find unique, engaging activities for your team to take part in.
  2. Then you need to plan the activities, yes, establish a team-building calendar.
  3. Finally, you need to be consistent. Make team building a priority, whether you are doing it in person or remotely.

Team Building Activities Examples

Let’s take a look at some examples of online team building activities you can do both at the office and across offices when employees work remotely:


Icebreakers are simple activities to help team members to get to know one another. For example, employees can share what their favorite seasons or cities are. They can submit information their colleagues don’t know about them, for example, “I have a black belt in karate” or “I sing in the choir”. Then the team must match those facts to their colleagues. You could ask them to share their respective hobbies or bucket lists. They may discover shared interests! The object of the icebreakers is to get them comfortable with one another and build bridges.
Build team spirit by asking the team to share milestones and challenges, work related or not. Team members inspire others with their accomplishments. And they feel compelled to solve their teammates’ challenges. That is the kind of team that will take your company to new heights!

Shared Activities

These activities promote a sense of shared purpose. Examples are fitness challenges, trivia games, book clubs, or activities that invite employees’ input or ideas. Ask employees to share favorite recipes if it is not possible to bring home-baked cookies or a Thanksgiving dish to the office.
Use the trivia game activity to educate employees about construction. Make everyone on the team feel included. Get employees to vote and reward efforts with fun prizes.
When people have a sense unity and purpose, they are more likely to succeed.

Cross-Team Activities

Team employees up to encourage them to bond across the silos that can exist at companies. But be mindful. Organize an activity over a brown-bag lunch when all employees can take part.
Whether it is March Madness, or a fun game of online Taboo, these team-building activities encourage cooperation. They also promote an understanding of everyone’s communication styles. And, as the saying goes, humor is the best medicine; there is nothing like laughter to draw people together. Make it fun.
Use this type of activity to show your team how everyone contributes to the company’s success.

Team Building Activities Infographic

Team Building Technology

Technology for executing team-building activities is an important consideration to ensure engagement. It makes it easier to access activities from remote or different onsite locations. Technology also turns it into an experience where employees can see their colleagues. Participation becomes so much more personable.

Here are a few options that are either included in products like Microsoft or Google or that you can download and use for free or a small price, depending on the size of your company:

Video Conferencing


Everyone may not be at their desktop or have a laptop for participating in activities. Please ensure that team members can take part in activities on their smartphones. Apps need to work on platforms like Android, iOS (iPhone), and BlackBerry so everyone can join in the fun.


Team-building games and apps connect your team. They keep them informed and engaged with one another. Here are a couple examples, but you can find others with a quick Google search. Pick the ones that best suit your team and goal for each activity.

  • Donut is a Slack extension that randomly pairs up team members every 1-4 weeks so employees can bond better one-on-one with a non-work related conversation. Or use the #social-remote channel in Slack.
  • A Trello board and game take gift exchanges to a whole new level. The team adds cards to the board, each with a picture and title that provides a hint about the gift.
  • Ho Yin Cheung is the founder and creator of Remo, a virtual office that promotes social collaboration online. He and his team experimented for 7 months and tested more than 70 online team-building games. Check out their favorites here.


In conclusion, team building activities can help everyone at your organization to:

  • Get to know one another better
  • Understand and embrace differences
  • Communicate more and better
  • Improve problem-solving skills
  • Discover how creative they are
  • Inspire and support one another

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