Updated: Feb 12, 2021
WHAT IS VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDING?
Virtual team building is the practice of organising online activities and spaces that give remote co-workers a chance to socialise and connect with colleagues they rarely meet in person.
It is the act of building stronger relationships between remote workers. Like team building in the real world, virtual counterparts focus on improving skills like communication and collaboration, while also promoting friendships and alignment.
WHY VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDING IS A NECESSITY?
Virtual team building is the catalyst to the more positive outcome. Organisations that invest in virtual team building have workforces that are more creative, communicative and productive, which is a huge competitive advantage.
Lack of emotional connect and loneliness of working remotely might negatively impact the employees and hamper productivity.
In the 2018 State Of Remote Work Report, Buffer found that loneliness was the biggest downside for 21% of remote employees and one of the reasons that made them more likely to quit.
According to the Harvard Business Review, “ close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%. People with a best friend at work are 7 times more likely to engage fully in their work”.
BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDING
Improves team effectiveness
Stronger team cohesion
Increased employee engagement
A boost to team morale
Activities are relatively quick compared to office or offsite equivalents.