Engagement Activities

Staying connected

When faced with crisis we need to adapt, and with an increasing number of people having to work from home for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, it may start to feel quite isolating/ they may start to feel quite isolated. 

It’s important to stay in touch with others, be socially active and for everyone to look after their physical and mental health.

Activities and ideas

That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of engagement activities to help people interact with others online. 

There are a variety of activities below, some require more preparation than others, but we have included a break down of the steps you need to take to set them up. Others can be done with less preparation and could be a ‘quick win’ when you have less time to prepare.

It’s important that people are taking regular breaks, our goal is to help you make a difference to the engagement and well-being within your team.

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PowerPoint Karaoke
This is a game that will test skills, encourage team work, get people laughing and keep everyone wondering what will happen next.

It is an improv game where a small team has 5 minutes to prep a presentation on a slide-deck they’ve never seen before.

What random content will your teams dream up? You’re certain to find some wacky and wonderful ideas in this game!

  • Teamwork

  • Improvisation

  • Creativity

  • Communication

Paint Pictionary
This game is self-explanatory, playing Pictionary over video link using Paint! If you’re drawing skills aren’t the best with pen and paper, wait until you’ve tried it with a mouse and screen!

You’ll be surprised at how some of the pictures turn out like (and how participants guess some of them is beyond me).

  • Teamwork

  • Improvisation

Word Bingo

It’s a normal game of bingo but with words instead of numbers, match a line or full house to win.

This game can be played with or without a screen share / video link.

This is purely for fun but can test people’s concentration levels – how many words do people miss?

  • Fun

  • Concentration

The Price Is Right

Who remembers watching “Bruce’s Price is Right” on a Saturday night?

This activity includes 3 short team games based on the TV show where participants have to guess the price of random items.

Points are scored in each round with the winning team being the one with the most points at the end.

How far out of touch are your team members?

  • Teamwork

  • Leadership

  • Negotiation

  • Competitiveness

Name 3 things

Work as a team to correctly answer as many “name 3 things” questions before your the time is up.

This is a quick fire game and can be played with or without a screen sharing/video link.

Word of warning: Some very random answers can come to light here

  • Teamwork

  • Quick thinking

  • Competitiveness

Spreadsheet Pixel Art

Ever tried Painting by Numbers? This the the spreadsheet version!

It’s a chance for people to take 10 minutes out of their day to do something different, be creative and unwind. As the host you bring the creations together, reveal to the team and ask for scores.

Which picture will score the best? Did anyone go slightly off piece and create something random? Who thought outside the box?

  • Creativity

  • Design

  • Fun

Team Guess Who

You’ve all played the Guess Who? board game, right?

This is the team version. based on a random piece of information can you guess who your colleague is?

We’ve put together four rounds so that one round can be played per day, with the results being revealed on day five.

  • Teamwork

  • Team building

  • Fun

Tea Break Chat

When we’re working in the office, we’re naturally engaging with others, when we make a cup of tea or coffee, at lunch time or when we’re filling up our water at the water cooler. It’s an important part of the day but doesn’t come naturally when working remotely. 

Why not encourage your team members to schedule some 5/10-minute tea break chats in to their daily routine so that they’re taking a break from their work? Depending on how big the team is you could either do it as a whole team or create different sub groups each week within the team to mix things up a bit. The one key rule is……not to talk work!

Meeting Themes

Why not add a theme to one of your meetings this week to make it a little different? It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, maybe wear a funny hat, a wig or a red top? 

Virtual Happy Hour

Many teams arrange social activities out side of work hours. They may go bowling, out for a meal or to the pub. Why have host a “Virtual Happy Hour”? Just because we’re all working remotely and can’t see each other phsically, it doesn’t mean we can’t still get together. 

Bring a drink, bring your pet or your children, it’s a chance to socialise with your team and get to know them a little better.  However – strictly no walking about work!

Funny Photos or Videos

Do you have somewhere that you can share files at work? SharePoint? Microsoft Teams? Slack? Why not create an area where your teams can share some funny photos or videos? It could include partners, children, pets – anything that may bring a smile to others.