The more international offices a company has, the harder it can be for teams to bond. Meredith Martini, founder and CEO of teambuilding firm PlayWorks Group, doesn’t let distance undermine staff teambuilding opportunities. “In the meetings industry, we are all passionate about face-to-face,” says Martini, “but with technology these days, you can simulate that face-to-face with video conferencing.” She explains four creative ways companies can take their teambuilding to a virtual level.
1. Start with names.
“Names are important,” says Martini. “They’re part of our identity.” Have each staff member create a digital audio file stating their names and explaining the meaning behind their name. Then share them with the entire staff. The exercise will help staff members who have only corresponded via email get to know each other better.
2. Do a day-in-the-life-of video series.
It’s hard to keep track of what every department is up to when you work for a large, multicity company. To keep everyone in the loop, create a video series detailing what a day in each department looks like, and then share it with the entire company. Not only will it help employees understand each other’s workloads, it also shows what resources are available to the entire staff.