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Team Building Activities for Virtual Teams

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Instructor: Tonya Brewer

Tonya has a Master of Science degree in Accounting.

Team building in the virtual environment is very important. It helps to build trust, which is one of the biggest challenges in a virtual team. In this lesson, we will be learning about various types of team building activities for virtual teams.

Why Is Team Building Important?

Team building does not only boost the morale of employees, but it also increases the success of the team. It helps co-workers bond and employees feel secure enough to voice their opinions. Studies have shown that one of the biggest challenges of a virtual team is building and maintaining trust between the team members. This is because virtual teams don't meet in a traditional office. Instead, they communicate through emails, faxes, phone calls, and teleconferences. Therefore, it is important to have team building exercises virtually.

Team Building Exercises

One of the first exercises you can do in a virtual team is to create a profile for each team member. A virtual team in North Carolina asks each team member to post a picture and details about their life such as pets, kids, hobbies, or favorite food. The team also lists their contact information and availability . The profiles can be kept in a shared folder so each team member can view other members.

Mark, the manager of a technology virtual team, spotlights one team member monthly. This spotlight highlights the person and allows other members to get to know that person. During the spot light, the team member shares details that others would not know in a normal course of a business day. Mark allows the person being highlighted to feel special, and others can see what they may have in common with this person.

In addition to the profiles, the North Carolina team has each team member do an office tour. With webcams, you can 'walk' your team through your office. The team members show their desk, pictures, and meeting areas. Like your home, your office space can say a lot about who you are.

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