How Coronavirus Brought Virtual Team Building Into Our Lives
Very often, there are some things that are so irritating to do that one feels like committing mass murder as they do it. But what can be done except to do them? This is the case with most team-building activities that involve interacting with strangers, getting sweaty and using your well-earned weekend doing something you did not wish to do.
Most employees would groan and moan when team-building events were announced, but everything changed when the coronavirus rolled around and virtual team building in Singapore became a thing. With the entire world stuck at home for over a year, virtual alternatives had to be created for everything.
The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on office activities
Ever since we were born and even before that, the world’s routines have been somewhat monotonous. People woke up, brushed their teeth, had breakfast, and went to their place of work. They worked, chatted with colleagues, and got back home in time for dinner. The children went and came back from school, then had their playtime.
It all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic came around. Offices, schools, gyms, factories, and all other workplaces closed down. While many people were out of work, others were drowning in it due to an increased workload. This was made harder to digest by the transfer of everything onto virtual platforms.
From Zoom calls to Google classroom, the changes that we saw
It is safe to say that our world will never be the same long after the pandemic is over. While we know that it is definitely possible to work in a virtual setting, we also know what its pitfalls are. This has not only made us cautious of everything that we have been doing wrong so far, but also all that we have been doing right.
The effects of quarantine on team-building activities
Since most places where team-building activities took place closed down for the entire year, with most employees ordered to stay at home, team-building activities ceased for the entire year.
This led to several things that got company executives worried, which are:
- A greater degree of disconnection between colleagues.
- Powers of collaboration lost as they are only nurtured with frequent meetups.
- Employee creativity levels were extremely low.
- Employees reporting feelings of anxiety and restlessness brought on by the isolation caused by the quarantine and the general air of uncertainty surrounding the virus.
Our attitude to team-building activities before the pandemic
We all remember rolling our eyes and groaning at the thought of turning up for a team-building session that we feel like we do not need. While in the workshop, our colleagues thought it was dull and a waste of time. This led to most employees participating only halfheartedly in team-building activities.
The importance of human connection
Soon after the pandemic, many people reported feeling listless, lonely, and depressed due to the isolation that the pandemic had caused. This led to an overall dip in the quality of the work that company employees provided.
This has further led to:
- A dip in the quality of work that employees provided
- Increased instances of work turned in late due to anxiety-induced procrastination
- Increased risk of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other such mental disorders in a company’s employees.
This was due to the lack of human connection that everyone went through in the pandemic. Not only was one unable to clasp the warm hand of a friend or colleague without fear of infection, but also, one was unable to see them or even talk to them.
Our attitude towards team-building activities now
Since most of us are extremely starved for human connection, it makes sense for us to want team-building activities now. However, it is impossible to have that now as most countries do not allow people to gather in groups due to the lingering coronavirus threat.
This has shown us that the things we used to hate are the things we crave now. Most people stuck at home are dying to have a friendly chat with a colleague or to be engaged in some fun task such as building terrariums together, making artwork together and learning to do new things together.
The solution to the problem
Most companies have noticed that their employees have decreased productivity due to the emotional stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine. While brainstorming ways in which it can be rectified, many people have recommended virtual team building as a solution to all the aforementioned problems.
What is virtual team building?
Virtual team building in Singapore is a brilliant solution to employee disconnection. It is a way in which employees can be refreshed from their dreary daily lives. It is the thing that we have that is the closest to a group meetup without actually meeting up in a group, an activity that is dangerous because of the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
It is described as any collaborative project that mentally stimulates employees in such a way that they begin to interact better with their colleagues by sharing ideas back and forth, and feeling more in terms with the present situation.
How is a virtual team-building activity achieved?
It is achieved with the most important invention that humanity ever created — the internet! Once an activity or a project is moved onto the internet, the possibilities become limitless.
The logistics of virtual team-building workshops:
While it can be done in a chat window, a truly virtual team-building experience is achieved with the help of video calls. Seeing your friends moving about and talking and being able to interact with them allows you to be more invested in whatever activity is part of the team-building workshop.
Ideas for team building activities that can be achieved virtually:
Virtual team-building activities should be dynamic, fun and able to engage all the participants in the workshop. It is easy to quickly lose interest in things that are happening on a video screen so making sure that does not happen can be a challenge.
Some ideas for virtual team building activities are:
Terrarium team-building workshop
While we think that this is an activity that can only be done while present physically, smart companies have incorporated these routines into their workshops virtually. Good team-building workshops provide the participants with the terrarium building kit needed at the address that they provide.
Art jamming workshop
Out of all the workshops, this one is the most popular among tired employees. An art-jamming kit is provided to all the employees participating, and they make different art pieces in accordance with each other’s output. They can also show their final artworks to each other via pictures.
Leather crafting workshop
This one uniquely appeals to the people who love to create things that they can keep. The same way as the other ones, a leather crafting supply kit is provided to the participant so that they can learn a new craft under the directions of an instructor and his or her colleagues working right alongside.