Breaking the Ice in Virtual Teams
When working in a team setting, it definitely helps to get to know your co-workers before working on a project together. Having a strong bond with your teammates creates better communication and trust. In the office, a quick good morning at the coffee machine or going out for lunch with your coworkers is where you can build solid work relationships.
However, with more and more people working remotely these day, how can virtual teams build that friendly relationship when they rarely see each other face-to-face? Using icebreakers before the start of a virtual team meeting is a great way to break down barriers between virtual team members and create a more open, connected environment.
Here are five short and engaging icebreakers you can try at your next team meeting.
5 Fun Icebreakers for Virtual Teams
65% of virtual teams have never participated in icebreakers or trust building activities during meetings. That’s a lot of missed opportunities to connect and get to know your colleagues. So next time you’re running a remote meeting or training, why not try an icebreaker activity as a warmup exercise.
Whether your team has just met or have known each other for a long period of time, using these ice breakers before the start of each virtual meeting is a useful way to keep the team spirit up and build bonds with one another.
1. Two Truths and a Lie
How does it work?
- Ask each participant to write down three statements about themselves. Use one sticky note per statement. Make sure one of them is a lie and the other two are true.
- Each member can vote for which statement they think is the lie by placing their coloured dots next to the lie.
- Once everyone has voted, reveal the correct answer and give team members the option to ask follow-up questions about any crazy statements!
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