Remote Team Building Insights from the Muppets
Are you struggling with remote team building? You’re not alone. Even Kermit the Frog (or someone with an uncanny resemblance) faces this challenge.
He’s #AskingforaFriend, but we know it’s a common query: How do you foster remote team building and bonding? If you’re like so many for whom remote work and hybrid teams is the new normal, here are a few fun and practical tips to keep your remote teams engaged and connected is more crucial than ever.
Kermit aptly states, “Ever since we moved to a work-from-anywhere environment, I’m finding it tricky to maintain a rainbow connection. What remote team-building ideas do you have for a better connection?” -Kermie.
Practical Remote Team Building Strategies
Well, Kermie, we’ve got you covered with some creative remote team-building strategies to enhance that connection:
Connect Beyond Meetings (Build Your Remote Team One Person at a Time)
Remote team building starts with those small, everyday interactions. Don’t just wait for scheduled meetings. The best teams create connections one human (or muppet) at a time. It’s about those casual, ‘water-cooler’ chats that can happen virtually too!
Make Room for Some Meeting Mayhem (It’s Time to Start the Show)
Bring some fun to your virtual meetings. Why not make a grand entrance for your next Zoom or Teams call? Think cameras off, then a big reveal with music, props, and a bit of a ruckus. It’s a surefire way to kick things off on a high note!
Encourage Experimentation as a Team Sport (Be Like Beaker)
Embrace new ideas and approaches and make it a team activity. Remote team building thrives on innovation and collective brainstorming. It’s about finding new ways to work together, even when you’re apart.
Make Room for Bragging Rights (Miss Piggy Style)
: Take a leaf from Miss Piggy’s book. Allow team members to share their “diva moments” – those wins and achievements that deserve a spotlight. This not only boosts morale but also strengthens team bonds.
Field Feelings Forum (From Fozzie)
Sometimes, your team needs a space to share their highs and lows. Like Fozzie Bear, host a forum where everyone can get Wocka Wocka support. It’s a great way to show empathy and understanding, key ingredients in successful remote team building.
But let’s not stop there. Remote team building can take many forms; the possibilities are as endless as your team’s creativity. Here are a few more ideas to keep the momentum going:
A few More Remote Team Building Activities
Virtual Lunch and Learns (on whatever the heck people want to teach and learn)
You can have sessions where team members share their expertise or interests. It’s always fun to see the hidden talents on the team. This is a fun and relaxed way to learn something new and see a different side of your colleagues.
Online Team Challenges
Maybe it’s a fitness challenge, a cooking competition, or a trivia night. Friendly competitions can spark a lot of joy and camaraderie.
Rotating Meeting Hosts
Give different team members a chance to lead remote meetings and encourage them to include a few minutes for fun and connection (in their unique way). This adds variety and gives everyone a sense of responsibility for investing in team collaboration.
You can keep your remote team connected and thriving with a dash of intention. So, let’s get those ideas rolling and make remote team building a vibrant and ongoing part of your team culture. Keep experimenting, and don’t be afraid to add a bit of muppet mayhem to the mix!
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