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How to foster connection when you can't get together in-person

How to foster connection when you can’t get together in-person

Mar 24, 2023

6 mins read

Employee Experience

With remote work becoming increasingly common, it can be challenging to build meaningful connections with your colleagues when you’re not in the same physical space. However, it’s essential for remote teams to foster genuine connections to maintain productivity, motivation, and positive work culture. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of building connections in remote teams and provide 7 engaging event ideas to help your team come together!

The importance of building connections in remote teams

Working remotely can be isolating, and feeling disconnected from your colleagues can negatively impact your productivity and well-being. 

“Human beings are social creatures, we’ve been coming together since the stone ages — it’s part of our nature,” explains Lee Rubin, CEO & Founder of Confetti. “We crave connection as part of our basic human psychology, and during an age where most things are virtual, it’s never been more important to continue to foster those relationships in the workplace.” 

When you feel a sense of belonging and connection with your team, you’re more likely to be motivated to work towards shared goals, feel supported during challenging times, and experience a greater sense of job satisfaction. 

Additionally, building connections within a remote team can help…

  • Create a positive work culture
  • Increase trust between colleagues and leadership 
  • Improve communication

Basically, fostering a culture of connection is a win-win for everyone! 

7 remote team building event ideas

So, how can you build camaraderie between coworkers? Try the 7 ideas below on for size!

1. Virtual game nights

Hosting a virtual game night is a great way to bring your team together in a fun and relaxed setting. But instead of playing classic board games, you can try something new, like a trivia night or a thrilling game of bingo…hosted by a professional drag performer! 

These virtual game nights are a great way to encourage teamwork, communication, and friendly competition while providing a much-needed break from work-related stress.

2. Virtual happy hours

Hosting a virtual happy hour is another fun way to bring your team together. You can organize a time for your team to log on to a video conferencing platform and enjoy a drink together while catching up on personal interests and experiences. 

Or, you can take it to the next level, and invite your team to an interactive mixology class, where they’ll learn unique cocktail recipes from a professional bartender. 

This is a great way to foster a sense of community and create a relaxed environment for team members to connect.

3. Virtual escape rooms

Participating in a virtual escape room is a fun and engaging way to promote teamwork and problem-solving skills. You can choose from a variety of online escape rooms that offer different themes and challenges, and work together as a team to solve puzzles and escape before time runs out.

4. Virtual book club

Creating a virtual book club is another way to bring your team together. Simply select a book for your team to read and discuss it over a series of virtual meetings. This is a great way to encourage team members to share their thoughts and insights while creating a sense of community. Be sure to ask your team what kinds of books they’d like to read — your team is way more likely to engage with this initiative if they’re part of the decision-making!

And pro-tip? You can make your team’s virtual book club a professional development opportunity by choosing books revolving around people’s career goals! 

5. Virtual art class

Hosting a virtual art class is a unique and creative way to bring your team together while promoting mindfulness and stress relief! Virtual art classes provide a relaxed and fun atmosphere for team members to explore their creativity and express themselves. Plus, everyone will walk away with artwork that will always help them remember the experience.

Taking a virtual art class together will spark conversations outside of work-related topics, helping build stronger and more meaningful connections between team members!

6. Virtual cooking classes

Food has always had the power to bring people together, and virtual cooking classes provide a unique way to foster that connection within your remote team. With a virtual cooking class, team members can learn new cooking techniques, share recipes, and bond over their love of food, all while working together to create a delicious meal. 

Moreover, virtual cooking classes create an opportunity for team members to invite their loved ones, which allows colleagues to get a glimpse into each other’s personal lives. This can help to break down barriers between team members and create a more cohesive and supportive team dynamic.

Foster stronger connections with Confetti

Remember that building connections takes time and effort, but the rewards of a strong and supportive team are worth it in the end.

And, thankfully, Confetti can do all the heavy lifting for you! From custom event invites to free event strategy planning, Confetti is there to keep your teams engaged, connected, and stronger than ever before. Learn more about how Confetti can help your team today!