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Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four people by having them number off, one through four. Have your number ones sit with the other ones and so forth. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to look back over their work careers and ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This activity is great for any type of virtual team. Team members working from different time zones can gain a better sense of teamwork by participating in this game. Request each team member to create an "All About Me" page. Provide an overview of the task's objectives, which is to gain a better understanding of the people who make up the entire team. After ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

Everyone stands in a circle. The leader of this game is called "Big Buddy". The others, going clockwise, are numbered: 1, 2, 3 and so on. Big Buddy establishes a 4-beat clapping rhythm, saying "Big Buddy, Big Buddy, Big Buddy (followed by a rest) - repeat this until everyone got the rhythm. Each round begins with this rhythm. The game then goes as follows: Big ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Previously to the activity, the facilitator should select and sort out an image about the topic that he prefers, hopefully relative to the team. One team member will describe the image to the rest of the team without the benefit of two-way communication. Send the attached image to one team member. Have all other participants get a paper and pen. The team member ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to share their five favorite movies of all time, or their five favorite novels, or their five least liked films, ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

The facilitator starts by describing the activity and then demonstrating. Each person will say his/her first name followed by a dance move. The rest of the group imitates the move, while repeating the person's name 3 times (e.g. "Joe!, Joe!, Joe!" while doing the sprinkler dance - example video) The kinesthetic motion and repetition help people remember the ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Split groups into teams of between three and six people. Provide the following instruction to group/teams: You have five minutes to discover an interesting, surprising and separate connection you share with each person in your team. (A different connection with each person, not a single connection that every team member shares.) 'Interesting and surprising' ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to find ten things they have in common, with every other person in the group, that have nothing to do with work. ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Procedure: Ask each person to draw a flag which includes symbols or pictures describing who they are, what's important to them and/or what they enjoy. Each flag is divided into 4 or 6 segments. Each segment can contain a picture i.e. favourite emotion, favourite food, a hobby, a talent/skill, where you were born, your family etc Give everyone 20 minutes to draw ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

Assign a game leader for this activity. Have team members email the game leader an interesting story from their past. The story can be work related or from one's personal life. The game leader then copies all the stories into a single new email, taking care to remove any names or other details that may give away the storyteller's identity. Encourage team members ...
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