How can you leverage virtual team building to bridge the distance between people in multiple locations?
In the same way that we set ground rules for an in-person team building session, the team needs to decide how they will interact on calls. Here are some things to consider in making this an effective tool for creating personal connections:
Include an icebreaker activity to help people get to know each other. Check out 50 Digital Team Building Games
- Determine how to ensure everyone’s participation
- Constructively voice differences of opinion during the call rather than afterward
- Define the boundaries for confidentiality
- Establish accountability and timelines for action items
After the Call
In between calls, pairing team members on special projects or initiatives can create camaraderie. Rotating the responsibility for leading the call is a great way to develop new skills and generate different ideas and approaches. Find more ideas at HBR Making Virtual Teams Work.