What was originally meant to be temporary as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now appears to be here to stay. Or at least a version of it.
While it is unlikely that workplaces will go 100% remote, it seems like a hybrid model is inevitable. According to one estimate, 58% of Millenials and Gen Z want to work from home.
A hybrid workforce offers the best of both worlds. Companies benefit financially from the efficiency of remote work while continuing to reap the creative benefits of social interaction and working with others.
However, the model is still new, and there are no standards for best practices. Remote work can be excellent for making employees feel safe and empowered to do their jobs efficiently. But it does threaten to deteriorate employee relationships with each other. In fact, in many cases, there are employees who are working together but have never actually met face-to-face.
In order to keep the connections alive while still allowing space for employees to work in a way that makes them feel safe and productive.
Here are 6 team building activities for a hybrid workforce:
Pair up employees, preferably one office worker and one remote worker. Encourage them to have lunch together virtually at least once every two weeks. This one-on-one interaction allows employees to get to know the people they’re working with.
Trivia games for your team
You can learn a lot about a person based on what trivia answers they get right. Trivia games can spark conversations, laughs and good morale. Consider investing in a fun service like Water Cooler Trivia to help engage both your remote and in-office workers.
Or create your own trivia game. Invite your employees to send fun facts about themselves. Then see how much your employees know about each other by posting the facts and allowing people to guess whom they belong to.
Your employees likely have talents no one knows about. Perhaps one of your clients is a certified yoga instructor. Maybe you have a talented chef on staff. Invite people to offer virtual classes in their individual areas of interest or expertise.
Not only will it be fun for everyone involved, but it also empowers the instructor to build their presentation and leadership skills.
Monthly lifestyle challenge
Improve the health of your workforce by creating a fun and competitive lifestyle challenge. Simply create a way to track the challenge via spreadsheet or document, and introduce the challenge at the beginning of the month. Offer a prize at the end for everyone who completes the challenge.
Some challenge ideas include drinking five glasses of water a day, doing ten minutes of stretching, walking a mile, writing in a journal, etc.
Build your team with after work dinners
Once a quarter, offer a virtual dinner. Provide a per diem for remote employees to buy their favourite dinner and then invite them to a Zoom social.
Not only is this a fun event that allows everyone to relax and get to know each other. Nobody has to worry about getting a ride home. Ensure it does not conflict with any part-timer’s schedule!
Raise money for a cause together
As a group, choose a worthy cause, approved by the UAE government, and then break into teams. Compete to see who can raise the most for the cause. Or skip the small teams and work together as a large group.
Not only does this give your team something worthy to unite around, it also helps your company stay CSR compliant.
The most important thing to remember is that just because the team isn’t always in the same room together, doesn’t mean team-building isn’t an essential role of company leaders. Hybrid workforces present their own challenges, but hopefully, this article gives you some ideas for fun ways to bring everyone together.