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Teambuilding in Remote Teams: Creating Unity from Afar

Florencia Giovannelli
Posted by Florencia Giovannelli on Sep 14, 2023 11:30:00 AM

In today's world, working in pajamas has shifted from being a rare treat to our everyday reality. But let's face it, while we might not miss the commute, many of us do miss those random chit-chats by the coffee machine or those shared laughs during lunch breaks. The essence of being 'together' has taken a backseat. So, how do we keep the team spirit alive when we're miles apart? Why should we even bother with team building for remote teams? Let's get into the nitty-gritty of bonding from behind our screens.


The Importance of Teambuilding in Remote Settings:

  • Promoting Engagement: Teams that feel connected are more likely to be engaged and motivated.
  • Facilitating Communication: Teambuilding exercises can break down barriers, making everyday communication more fluid and efficient.
  • Fostering Trust: Trust is the backbone of any successful team. In a remote setting, building trust can combat feelings of isolation and uncertainty.


Thanks to technology, we're no longer bound by physical constraints. Virtual escape rooms, online game nights, or even digital coffee breaks have become our new playground. These platforms, infused with a pinch of creativity, can turn mundane team meetings into vibrant hubs of interaction. It's not just about getting tasks done; it's about connecting, sharing a joke, or even discussing that latest Netflix series, all while being miles apart.


What's truly exciting is that with genuine commitment, remote teams have the potential to cultivate a sense of unity that's as strong (or maybe even stronger) than traditional teams. It's a bold statement, but when teams rise to the challenge, they often find deeper ways to connect, going beyond just work talk.


Best Practices for Remote Teambuilding:

  • Consistency is Key: Teambuilding isn't a one-time event. Consistently incorporate activities into your team's routine.
  • Diversity of Activities: Remember that everyone is different. What works for one person might not for another. Offer a variety of activities to cater to diverse preferences.
  • Respect Time Zones: If your team is spread across different time zones, ensure activities are scheduled at convenient times for everyone or rotate timings to be fair.
  • Lead by Example: Leaders should actively participate and promote teambuilding activities to emphasize their importance.
  • Seek Feedback: After each activity, get feedback to understand what worked and what didn't. This will help in refining future teambuilding initiatives.


In the world of remote work, gone are the days of popping into a colleague's office for a quick chat or brainstorming together on a whiteboard. Yes, remote teams do lose out on those spontaneous face-to-face interactions that traditional office setups naturally bring. But here's the silver lining: remote work has thrown open the doors for us to get innovative with how we bond as teams.


At the heart of it all, team building in the remote world is a beautiful blend of technology, innovation, and heart. Distance becomes just a word. Ultimately, it's not about sitting next to each other; it's about aligning our purpose, truly 'getting' one another, and moving towards our shared dreams.

Topics: Organizational Culture

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