Remote work has become the new norm for many organizations. And while there are benefits, working remotely also has its challenges. One of them being team building. Let’s face it, it’s hard to feel part of a community when you may never have met in person.
If your remote team is feeling as disjointed as a Frankenstein monster, it’s time for improv.
Improv is where a group of actors make up ideas and create stories on the spot. It involves quick thinking, active listening, and collaboration. It’s the perfect way to get your remote team to get to know each other in a safe and positive environment. Not to mention, have fun doing it.
Here are some benefits to Improv for Remote Team Building:
Build Trust – Trust is key for any team. In improv, actors rely on each other to make an idea work on the spot. That means they have to trust that everyone will contribute and support each other. It’s like a trust fall, but with more jokes and fewer bruises.
Strengthen Communication & Collaboration – Improv exercises can help team members actively listen and respond to each other in a constructive way. This helps foster a positive team culture while each team member feels valued for their unique contribution.
Encourage Creativity – Improv exercises encourage thinking outside the box, which is a great way to come up with new ideas. Who knows, maybe your team will come up with the next big thing – like a toaster that will also do your laundry!
Boost Confidence – Mistakes happen in improv. Ok they happen everywhere, but in improv that’s part of the fun. Confidence to work through those mistakes creates an opportunity to build resilience so that we can focus on the recovery rather than the obstacle.
Ready for your remote team to participate in this virtual trust fall?