Five months ago, we thought we’d all be back in the office by now. But that’s not the case, is it?
The upside is we have learned that we can do this. We can effectively work from home. In fact, many of us are finding we are even more productive. But how are we doing on fostering our team relationships and staying connected?
If you’re losing touch with co-workers, plan some virtual hangouts that get you back in the groove. You can play the following games via Zoom or even Microsoft Teams.
Whose is it
517 staff played a fun game where we each placed a photo of our home workspace in a shared drive folder.
We showed each photo during a virtual get together and simply guessed “Whose workspace is it?” We’ve used the same concept with different rooms, or even items in a fridge. This can be played in Teams or Zoom by having one person share their screen and open each file.
Bingo is easy to play, fun and you can go as big or small on the prizes as you’d like. Check out websites like My Free Bingo for bingo cards.
The 517 team plays weekly trivia in Teams to stay in touch. We choose a game leader who reads the questions from Jeopardy Labs while the rest of us play by putting our answers in the chat section. Laughter ensues while we see what people come up with while typing so quickly.
In Zoom, you can use the spotlight feature and split your team in two to play a rousing game of charades. Give your team a minute to guess the charade. Need ideas? Get some from this charade generator.
Using the whiteboard feature on Zoom, you can click annotation tools that will let you use your mouse to draw and play Pictionary. Use the online Pictionary word generator for inspiration.
With a little ingenuity, and a couple of volunteers to lead the way, most any game can be played virtually. The important thing is keeping a strong connection with co-workers and management — and allowing a little fun every so often to break up the monotony of working from home.