As a Program Management Team Manager during this world-wide pandemic, I was faced with constant new challenges and setbacks each week. I needed to take the time to be intentional and mindful of what I was sharing to my employees, the vision I was setting forth and mindfully checking in with them to see how they were doing on a personal level.
Not being able to meet or see my team face-to-face was a huge challenge. It's difficult to build a connection with someone without having met them before, let alone lead them as a manager. So each week, I took the time to strategize how I was going to lead them through times of crisis. When I started looking for some virtual team building activities, they were few and far between. I wanted ones that were geared toward compassionate leadership, appropriate for this "new world" we are in. With a combination of research and what I've learned from other leaders, I've summarized some fun and thoughtful team icebreakers that you could host with your virtual team.
Team Icebreaker / Check In Questions:
To encourage my full team to participate, I used pollev.com to build interactive live surveys, which is very simple to complete. It also only takes 5-10 minutes of you and your team's time at the start of your meeting and a great way to start your day and warm up / get to know each other better.
Please comment below if you found any of the questions above and tools and strategies useful. Or, better yet, share any helpful team building icebreaker activities that you have found useful that others may not know about!