🍜 Virtual cooking and drink lessons
Cooking together as a team can be both exciting and meditative. We haven’t tried this ourselves yet but we are planning to engage with one of the number of companies that offer virtual cooking classes including Airbnb, The Chef & The Dish and Eventbrite. The services give you a shopping list ahead of time and/or order it for your team via Instacart.
👥 Encourage hyper-local meetups
Given shelter-in-place, this may be a bit difficult right now. But as things start re-opening safely, this is a critical way to bring distributed teammates together in similar regions. Be sure to fund coffee, drinks or meals for them and to encourage them to meet on some regular cadence.
🐇 Arrange a quarterly magic show
Magicians have done a great job adapting a lot of their routines to Zoom as well as getting the Zoom audience involved. This is a great way to have some laughs together and support magicians while their main venues have been shut down.
🍕 Virtual brown bags or show-and-tell
I’m sure this came with free pizza when held in the office but keep it going when virtual. It allows those who don’t normally get to present opportunities to present + you can pair it with your weekly team lunch. Also, it doesn’t just need to be about work, just have someone share a skill or unknown talent (eg how to make sourdough bread :)
🎮 Online gaming sessions
This might be the most obvious and at Loop Team, we rotate through a few games regularly. Check out the list and if you know of any others that we should play, please let us know. We are eager to try!
🎩 Do escape rooms
Whether you use Puzzle Break or Ryptic or The Escape Room, escape games are a ton of fun and a great way to collaborate with teammates. We have found different escape room companies to take different approaches to which makes it even more interesting. For example, we’ve played some games where you primarily interact with a virtual book and another where you move a real camera around in a physical room to find clues.
🔎 Try a home scavenger hunt
This may sound corny but what if I told you to find the most expired item in your house or anything in the color of pink. These can actually be a bit more fun than you might anticipate and some of the items people retrieve will definitely spark some interesting conversation.
🔥Wednesday family-friendly bonfires
Yes, this may sound crazy but we heard a team that set up a bonfire in their backyard and they did a virtual camping trip with their team. It might be a good opportunity to have “watercooler chat” while you play with the virtual lighter app on your iPhone :)
🗣 Start some recurring meetings with ice breakers
Each week, choose a new ice breaker question and lead with it. It’s a great way to learn more about teammates, especially those that work across teams that you don’t normally interact with. Our team most recently played Two Truths, One Lie and it was a great way to break the ice!