Remote work can be stressful because you and your team keep staying at the same place both for work life and personal life. Sometimes, you feel burnout because you still have to check some works even if it is time for bed. Or, your work being distracted over and over again because you feel hungry, sleepy, or bored. As a leader of your team, it is necessary that you encourage your team to find balance between work life and personal life int his situation. You can also help them alleviate some of the stress by organizing virtual team-bonding activities that are fun, inexpensive, and engaging.
Here are some of the ideas of virtual team-bonding activities you may try with your team to stay sane during this pandemic:
Virtual meetups regularly
You can organize virtual meetups once a month for example. Invite your team to participate in this meeting. Make sure to organize fun activities such as games in this meeting. Avoid any heavy talk or discussion if you want to keep everything light and fun. There are many games that can be played virtually such as picture-sharing rounds, personal fact-guessing games, etc. Those games allow the team members to get to know each other better.
Virtual lunch or dinner on Friday
Friday is happy day where most people cannot wait to be freed from their responsibilities. You can also organize fun activity such as lunch or dinner on Friday together with your team. You can share a beer, soda, coffee, or whatever your team like. In this session, you and your team can talk about anything especially about non-work stuffs. If your team like, you can decide different menu for each Friday session so everyone may enjoy similar things to strengthen the feel of togetherness through the distance.
Most people like playing game on their computer or phone. You can also play game together with your team from time to time. You may also consider multiplayer games on company times. It can help build bonds between team members. It can also help alleviate some stress because it is the moment to recharge and relax so you can go through the day with a little bit happiness. Make sure to choose games that everyone can play so everyone can engage and participate in the game. You may also split the members into different team to elevate the sense of competitiveness and get them excited.
Your team consists of different individual with different taste including in music. Hence, you may consider organizing an event when you all can share your music taste and have a jamming session. You may also discuss more about your each favorite music. This activity allows everyone to show each other interest and helps develop relationships. Virtual jamming session is possible especially if your team can play some instruments. You may also consider holding a song-writing session or karaoke session with your team. These kind of activities are stress-relieving and fun to do every once in a while.