By Bond Collective Staff
Working remotely can be hard on your whole team. So how do you help them build camaraderie, maintain cooperation, strengthen their work bonds, and feel engaged? Virtual happy hour games, that’s how.
In this article, we discuss the best virtual happy hour games you can use to bring your team together, boost their energy and creativity, and help them feel like a cohesive unit again instead of lonely individuals working by themselves.
Virtual Happy Hour Games
1) Name That Tune — Emoji Style
Name That Tune — Emoji Style is one of the best virtual happy hour games because it combines two things everyone loves: music and emojis.
Here’s how it works:
Each person takes a turn sharing their screen.
Set a timer for three to five minutes.
Using a program that generates emojis (a text app, MS Word, Google Docs), the person types out the name of their favorite song (or the one most-recently played on their device) in nothing but emojis.
The other members of the team take turns trying to guess the name of the song until the timer runs out.
At the end of the time, if no one has guessed, reveal the song and share what motivated you to play it.
Alternatively, you, as the host of these virtual happy hour games, can display the emoji songs and challenge everyone to work together to guess the title.
For even more fun and challenge, break the group into teams and pit them against each other to see who can guess the most titles correctly.
2) Team Trivia
Feed your employees’ competitive needs — even when working remotely — by organizing a trivia contest as one of your virtual happy hour games.
One of the easiest ways to organize the event is to divide into two or more teams, break out the Trivial Pursuit board, and have some fun.
We recommend setting a time limit and either seeing which team gets the most pie pieces or which team answers the most questions correctly before time runs out.
Want a twist on the original Trivial Pursuit game? Try these other versions:
Lord Of The Rings
There are even supplementary question sets — Big Bang Theory, Friends TV Show, Girls Vs. Guys (with categories tailored to each sex) — that you can use to make things more interesting.
If those options don’t seem like something your team would enjoy, you can also create your own questions on any topic(s) you want.
3) A Significant Year
This virtual happy hour game is a great way for your team members to have fun and get to know each other better in the process.
Before starting the game, have all the participants give you the year they were born.
Google “random number generator” — Google has their own widget for this that should pop up at the top of the search results — and set the minimum to the earliest year someone was born (e.g., 1975) and the maximum to the current year (e.g., 2020).
When you’ve got the parameters set, click or tap “Generate” and the widget spits out a year.
One by one, go through the group and ask each person to share something significant that happened to them in the year on your screen.
You can either generate a new number for each person or generate one number per round and ask everyone about that year.
4) Speed Crossword
Speed Crossword is a classic among both face-to-face and virtual happy hour games.
The premise and execution are simple:
Create or obtain two or more identical copies of the same crossword puzzle.
Email a copy to everyone who is attending this round of virtual happy hour games.
When everyone is ready to play, divide into two or more teams.
Establish an honor system wherein no one uses the internet to find answers.
Give them a time limit to complete their crossword puzzle.
Send each team to their own breakout room.
The first team to return to the main meeting room is the potential winner (after you verify their answers, of course).
If none of the teams complete their puzzle in the allotted time, determine the winner by which one has the most answers correct.
5) Learn A Line Dance
This entry on our list of virtual happy hour games is unique because it requires that participants get out of their seats and move around.
If you (or another team member) know a simple and fun line dance, you can be the leader. Alternatively, you can find short tutorials online for line dances such as:
Cha Cha Slide
Take a few minutes to learn the movements and then have everyone reposition their cameras (if possible) so that they can move around. Start the music and let the fun begin.
We recommend that you record the group dance and play it back when the song ends so that everyone can enjoy the results.
6) Virtual Happy Hour Games Bingo
Virtual Happy Hour Games Bingo is a fun and easy activity you can run while other things are going on (think of it like a background app).
Search online for conference call bingo boards, or make your own with prompts such as:
“Sorry, I was muted.” (Or some variation)
“You have to unmute.”
“Can everyone see my screen?”
Someone drops from the call
Dog appears on screen
Cat appears on screen
“Can you hear me now?”
You take a drink at the same time as a coworker
Meeting ends on time
Family member in background
Host uses breakout rooms
When someone completes a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), they should yell out “Bingo!”
Verify their answers and either keep the game going (for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place) or move on to another game.
7) Quick Questions
As virtual happy hour games go, this one is both easy to set up and fun to execute.
You can run it one of two ways:
Ask a different question to each participant.
Ask the same question to each participant.
If you want to try the former option, make it rapid-fire so they answer the first thing that comes to their mind. You’ll need a long list of questions for this one.
If you want to try the latter option, you can give more time for a thoughtful answer. You’ll need fewer questions for this one.
Either way, leave plenty of time for discussion afterward (or even during the game) so team members can explain their response.
Here are some examples of quick questions:
What is your guilty pleasure movie?
Which song can you listen to over and over again?
Pancakes or waffles?
Where would you haunt for all eternity?
Which web browser do you use most?
Would you rather work from a mountain cabin or the beach?
What is the last book you read?
What is the coolest/most unique thing you have within reach right now?
What is your typing speed?
What is your WiFi name?
What is the last website you visited?
What was your first online username?
The Right Space For Virtual Happy Hour Games
Want to make your virtual happy hour games more effective and more fun for everyone? Choose the right space from which to host the virtual meeting.
It might not seem like it at first, but what your team can see behind you has a significant effect on their attention span and their engagement.
You want them focused on the games — and each other — not on the clutter in the corner of your room.
If you’re running the virtual happy hour games from your home or apartment, position the camera so that it captures as little of your living space as possible — a blank or sparsely decorated wall is best.
The best option, of course, is to run your virtual happy hour games from a conference room or other professional workspace.
The coworking spaces at Bond Collective are the perfect solution for all of your virtual meeting needs.
At Bond Collective, we provide:
Private meeting rooms
Private phone booths
Fast, reliable WiFi and Ethernet connections
Unlimited black and white printing
Access to other portfolio locations
And other industry-leading amenities
With access to those spaces and that infrastructure, your virtual happy hour games will go off without a hitch and bring your distributed team closer than ever before.
Visit any one of Bond Collective’s many locations in the United States, including workspaces in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas. Or call us today to find out more about everything we have to offer.
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