How do remote teams use games during their work hours?
✍️ by Mario Bertorelli on 🗓 2021-01-28 | ⏱ ~ 2 min read
Most remote teams have used virtual games to socialise and bond outside of work. The choice often falls on popular video-games like Call of Duty, Jackbox games, Among us, etc.
These games are great, but were not designed specifically to help remote teams bond. They are time-consuming, require preparation (installing apps, purchasing games, etc) and only serve the purpose of having fun together - without focusing specifically on improving relationships between remote work members. Consequently, they are seen as nice “after-work” activities and are not embedded in a team’s work schedule.
A new generation of virtual games
However, a new generation of virtual games for remote teams is emerging. These games are specifically designed for remote teams and have these benefits:
- They are short and require little preparation. Therefore used during existing work meetings
- They are integrated with (or at least work well alongside) the main communication tools remote teams use, e.g Slack, email, Zoom, MS Teams etc.
- They are designed not only to have fun, but also to have direct positive impact on team dynamics, providing a space to practice vulnerability and build trust and psychological safety.
The most common use cases in remote teams
As a consequence, a number of remote teams and companies is starting to regularly use these games as a core part of their work days. Here are some of the most common use cases:
- ⚡️ Energizers: Short games as energisers to kick-off team meetings
- ☕️ “Fika-time”: Fixed weekly optional slots, where team members can catch up for a virtual coffee and play a game / use a conversation starter (e.g Teemly).*
- 🍻 TGIF: Play a fun game together over Zoom. Also as a “release party” (e.g PwC)*
- 🤼♂️ Ice-breaker: When video-calling with a new person/people for the first time (e.g. Atium)*
- 🎁 Onboarding: Welcoming a new team member (e.g. Hellofresh)*
* These descriptions will come soon! Check back here.
If you work remotely and think your team could also benefit from engaging in virtual games, check out Atium's game library. We provide games specifically designed for remote teams, as well as a recommendation engine to suggest the right game at the right time and send reminders in your favourite communication tool (Slack, email, etc).