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Icebreakers, Team-Building, and Other Alternatives to Zoom Happy Hour

  • Building employee camaraderie should go beyond a drink or two shared virtually once a week
  • Specialized apps allow team-building, icebreakers, trivia, and other activities to encourage co-workers to meet up remotely while social distancing
  • Efforts can help improve work-related collaboration and communication

People often count their co-workers among their close friends, and one of the major drawbacks of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the inability to interact with fellow team members in person.

Remote meeting technologies such as Zoom have not only helped employees to coordinate their work, but they also helped them to continue socializing with their peers. It’s easy to schedule a meeting where the agenda is simply to share a coffee break or enjoy a happy hour at the end of the week.

However, workers shouldn’t limit themselves to these activities alone. Several companies have expanded on what can be done during a remote gathering by offering trivia games, team-building exercises, icebreakers, and more. In addition to offering some fun, these meetings can be a good way to improve employees’ ability to communicate and work together.

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