The ‘F’ Word: Harnessing Tech to Make Team Bonding Fun

Aug 19, 2020 · 3 min read

by: Andrew Upah

The idea that fun should be on our minds during COVID-19 may seem distasteful in light of recent events. However, since many of us continue to live and work in isolation — and we’ve yet to realize the full extent of the mental health fallout — it’s more important than ever to stay connected. Increasingly, tech is being used to bring us together. Far from frivolous, fun is the glue that bonds us during times of crisis.

There’s no shortage of advice out there on how to use online tools to keep productivity high. However, there’s a lot to be said for using the same tools to socialize with colleagues while remote. From virtual team lunches to workouts, it presents a great opportunity to foster a sense of community in a lighthearted way. And if ever there was a time to overcommunicate, it’s now.

Pick a place

Elevate your happy hour

When you’ve nailed the basics, why not layer on a theme? Come as your favorite Shakespearean character, perhaps? (At least, that was a suggestion from someone in the Theorem team). Or maybe a treasure hunt or quiz?

Apply some imagination

Away from video, keep things going on Slack by introducing channels skewed specifically for posting photos of home office pets, providing useful parent resources, or starting a book club. Consider appointing a culture committee to dream up activities and solicit ideas from the team.

On a practical note, one ad agency created a private Instagram account to share tips and resources to help employees set up their home office. You could even roll out wellness programs that incorporate everything from high-intensity workouts to meditation to keep employees active.

Engage with the real world

Creative communication is key to combating isolation


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