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In uncertain times companies and employees have been separated into working silos via working from home.  This has undoubtedly changed the way businesses and staff communicate and interact.  The increased use of virtual platforms such as Zoom and MS Teams has seen an increased volume of online team meetings, but how can you go that extra mile to retain motivation and encourage people to still work as teams, just in different ways.

GOTO Events have taken everything we know from over 14 years experience in team building to create a full portfolio of virtual activities which are designed to incorporate all the fun, enjoyment and value of a conventional team experience and convert it to a fully hosted live virtual team building activity.  Teams can still take a huge amount of value from a virtual event when it comes to teamwork.  There’s plenty of interaction, communication, sharing of ideas. lateral thinking, trust and cohesion, especially when a little fun competition is involved.

Our specialist apps and platforms that have been purposely developed for virtual activities allow teams to come together in mini teams, as they would in a normal team building event, and play against colleagues in all kinds of themed adventures.  Whether it’s breaking free from our virtual escape room, solving the murder mystery, or travelling virtually around the world, there’s an event to suit everyone.

But how do these virtual team building events work?  We understand it’s new for everyone so we’re here to help.  Visit our full guide on how to plan or organise a virtual team experience or contact our friendly team who will happily jump on a Zoom session and make your life easy.

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Virtual Team Building Events FAQ's

Everything you need to know about organising a virtual team event

With companies in the full flow of business, strategies and targets for 2021, it’s inevitable that the world of virtual meetings and events will continue to be the platform of choice.  But how do you keep individuals and teams motivated, connected and driven in 2021 with a positive vision of the future.

To help we’ve put together our list of the top 57 virtual team building events and virtual team experiences (view here) which can dovetail with any business session to create a fun interactive interventions where your staff can come together, connect, communicate, share ideas, plan, creative and use their innovation in a fun way, all targeted towards teamwork and performance in a virtual world.  Or if you’re looking to kick off the year, or a project / business initiative why not view our top virtual kick off events.

With lots to choose from, here’s the nations favourite top virtual team events.

How to virtual team building events work?

We’ve taken our most popular conventional teambuilding events and adapted them to be run in a safe virtual environment.  People from all over the world can come together, take part and enjoy themselves without the fear of social distancing rules.

All events are hosted by a fun, upbeat compere, who will run the show, keep everyone entertained and engaged, and make the entire experience slick, upbeat and engaging.

Are virtual events hosted live or pre recorded?

Live hosts – all virtual team events are hosted by a live compere / host who will welcome everyone and run the experience from start to finish.  A live host is far more upbeat and interactive than any pre recorded session.  It also means the experience is slick and hassle free for the organiser and anyone taking part.

Are virtual events run with teams or big groups?

Are people in teams for virtual events?  If so how many?  Teams – some virtual events work with everyone in the same virtual arena.  These tend to be the likes of our food and drink events where the focus is on the experts who are guiding you through the different elements of the event.  Others use virtual breakout rooms where people start all together in the main arena where we welcome everyone and explain the experience and rules.  We then automatically divide people into virtual breakout rooms in teams of 3-5 where they pay against each other in fun competition.  We then bring everyone back together at the end in the same arena for the results and announcement of the winners.  For example our virtual cooking events and virtual cocktail making are run with everyone together, as are our gameshow style events such as Master of the Tasks.  Events such as our virtual escape room, virtual murder mystery and virtual horse racing work with teams playing in fun competition in mini breakout rooms.

How many people can take part in a virtual team building event?

Some events cater for different group sizes.  Our app based events and games can cater for up to 250 people in one game, but multiples can be run at the same time which allows the event to run into the 1000’s.  we also have specialist formats where unlimited numbers of people can play at the same time.  Some events are better suited to smaller groups where a more community feel is required.  These include our amazing I’m working from Home Get me Outta Here.

What platforms are virtual team experiences hosted on? Is it just Zoom?

The most common platform for virtual events is Zoom, given it’s popularity and functionality.  Zoom has very user friendly functionality for most of our events, including the use of a high volume of breakout rooms.  We can also run on many other platforms preferred by different companies.  Virtual events can be run on the likes of Microsoft Teams, Cisco WEBEX and Google Meet.  We are always happy to demo events on different platforms to give you the comfort and security of how they work.

Do I need to provide you with everyone’s details in advance for a virtual event?

For most events the answer is no.  The only time we need peoples details is when we’re sending out packs to people in advance.  These tend to be our food and drink events and some of our gameshow experiences.  All details received are fully GDPR compliant.  We don’t store anyone’s information post event.  For the majority of our other events, you don’t need to send us anything.  We simply send you an event pack in advance via email with everything you need to know.  You just need to forward that on to everyone taking part.

Are virtual team building events hard to organise? This is the first time I’ve done one.

Absolutely not.  our teams have a wealth of experience in running and delivering virtual team events.  We will guide you through the different options and recommend the best style of event for your group and organisation.  Once you’ve chosen your event, our event management team kick in and make this hassle free for you.  The service is designed for minimum work from your side as the organiser.  We want you to enjoy this as much as everyone else.  You will have a dedicated project manager who will arrange every aspect of your event.  They will also send you everything you need in advance to send to anyone taking part.

Are virtual team building events fun?

100% they are!  We’ve taken everything we know from over 14 years experience running team building events for over 60% of the FTSE 100 and adapted the right events to be fully virtual interactive team experiences.  We beta test all the different experiences in advance with our own teams and sometimes our clients to get the right level of feedback and make the right adaptations to ensure each event really hits the mark.

One thing we’re always very conscious of is the amount of video calls the world is hosting at the moment.  Each and every one of our virtual experiences take this into consideration.  The design, function, pace and hosts ensure the event doesn’t just feel like another Zoom session.  Our specialist team will work closely with you to recommend the best style of event for your group.  Whether it’s a hands on creative experience or a laughter packed virtual gameshow.  The proofs in the pudding.  Simply read our Feefo reviews to see what our clients say.

Can we experience a virtual demo event in advance of booking?

In lots of circumstances we can run demo events in advance so you can get a real feel for how the different experiences work.  Alternatively we’re always happy to jump on any live call or Zoom session to talk through all the different styles of events so you can really get to understand how they work and what would best fit your team.

What if my team are Zoomed out?

We know the feeling…After nearly a year of video rather than face to face contact, the last thing people want is ‘another Zoom meeting’.  To combat this all our virtual team building events involve huge levels of participation.  A lot of them also include surprise packs that everyone receives in the post.  Each experience is very different to a normal Zoom session.  You’ll notice the difference as soon as you login! 

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Our Top 10 Virtual Team Building Events for 2021

The Nations Best Selling Virtual Experiences

Motivate teams with our 5 star rated range of remote virtual team building events.  Here’s our top 10 for 2021

(1) Virtual Horse Racing

Immerse yourselves into the exciting world of virtual horse racing. Watch the odds, place your bets and cheer your runner on for each amazing race. Group sizes from 5-500 people.

(2) Virtual Murder Mystery

A virtual Cluedo style adventure. A murder has been committed in a stately home. Can you explore the manor hunting for clues to work out who was the murderer and what was the murder weapon? Group sizes of 5 - 1000

(3) Virtual Escape Room

As the door slams behind you, you have just 60 minutes to explore the room, hunt for clues, crack codes and complete challenges to escape before you get locked in. Group size of 5 - 1000 people.

(4) Virtual Master of the Tasks

Inspired by the famous TV show, this virtual team building event immerses people into a hilarious game filled with fun fast paced tasks and challenges, all hosted live by a professional compere. Group sizes of 5 - 50 people (bigger groups are also available)

(5) Virtual Polar Rescue

Mid way through a polar exploration your team have taken shelter from the weather in a remote hut. You are now snowed in and have just 60 minutes to escape and signal for helicopter rescue! Group size of 5 - 1000 people.

(6) I'm Working From Home Get Me Outta Here

Our virtual take on the amazing TV show. With kit's posted to everyone in advance can your team show the celebrities how it's done and be crowned Kings of the Jungle? Group sizes from 5-50 people

(7) Virtual Around the World

Get ready to travel around the world in under 1.5hrs! Teams visit multiple countries with a themed challenge at each location. Points equal travel credits to fly off to your next exciting destination. Group size from 5-1000 people.

(8) Virtual Musical Bingo

Get ready for some musical delights. Eye's down and listen for the themed music tracks instead of numbers. There's big points for a line and the famous full house. Group size from 5-500 people.

(9) Virtual Dragons Lair

Another TV inspired virtual team building event. Come up with ground breaking ideas or inventions ready to pitch for investment in our virtual Dragons Lair. Group sizes of 5-50 people.

(10) Virtual Cocktail Making

A fully interactive virtual experience hosted by professional mixologists. With kits couriered to everyone in advance, you'll create your very own set of incredible cocktails. Group sizes of 5-500 people.

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Benefits of Virtual Team Events

A Break From Zoom!

With most peoples days back to back with zoom / video calls, virtual team building allows people to have a break and have a KitKat. Our events give a refreshing uplifting experience that's completely different to the norm. We never fail to raise plenty of smiles, group interaction and laughter in abundance.

Fun & Engagement

With continued Zoom meetings, work can sometimes feel like groundhog day. Virtual team building gives people a chance to re connect with each other, switch off from business and interact in an experience that’s driven by fun and entertainment.

Team Work

With the absence of face to face interaction, teams can miss out of the benefits, performance and feel good factor of working together as a team. This can include sharing ideas & information, cohesion, working towards a common goal and of course celebrated group achievement.

Boost Motivation

Everyone needs that lift when working in isolation. The social aspects of a virtual event very much lifts spirits and brings people together with fun entertainment where people can laugh and enjoy something non work related together.

Investing in People

Companies would conventionally invest time and money in people with all kinds of annual events. Virtual team building allow this to continue and employees to feel valued & appreciated.

Hassle Free

Virtual events can appear quite daunting where they are so new to everyone. All of our experiences are designed to be hassle free with live hosts and dedicated event managers who take care of every aspect of your event.

Maximise Momentum

Team events often have set objectives and desired outcomes. Especially when it comes to learning and development. These can still very much be achieved with virtual team building with different events designed to target different areas of teamwork, but all with the same core ingredient…fun!

How do we take part in virtual team building activities?

Can people take part from different locations around the UK or the World?

Absolutely. The benefit of our virtual events is, the platforms work in exactly the same way no matter where in the world you are. Individuals or teams log in in exactly the same way and take part together, in mini teams as if they were all local. Our team provide super easy participant packs to allow everyone simple hassle free login details, normally in under 2 clicks!

What technology will people need to take part?

We have a variety of events that use either a laptop or smartphone / tablet, or both. The design for the activities is to enable people to play with the conventional technology they will have at home. Our laptop based games simply require a laptop and internet connection. Our app based experiences require a laptop for people to see and interact with each other, then any form of smartphone to play the actual games. Our live hosts and tech team are always on hand to ensure a seamless easily to play event for every participant.

You’ll also need a webcam. Nearly all smartphones or tablets will have these as standard, but ideally one on your laptop as well.

Does virtual team building work on 4G & internet?

Internet access is required for our events. WIFI is preferred although 4G will work if a strong signal is available.

What if we can't use Zoom or have internal security restrictions?

Whilst Zoom is a preferred platform due to its speed and reliability, we understand that not all companies can use it.  For that reason, we have adapted many of our events to work on different common platforms used by different companies. Our team will happily advise on which events are available on which software.  Some of the most popular platforms we work on include:

Zoom | Microsoft Teams | Google Meet | Webex

Top 6 Tips for Planning your Virtual Team Building Activity

With the future of remote working still being an option for many companies, we expect virtual team building to be here to enjoy for a long time to come.  The versatility of being able to run hybrid experiences to combine and unite individuals and teams both working from home and the office will be a very attractive option.  Even if you’re running an offsite event, meeting or conference, our virtual team building activities will allow everyone to take part in the same common event.

To help understand how to best plan your next virtual team event we’ve put together our 5 top tips.

1. Select the best day and time

Whilst virtual team building can be run all day every day, 24hrs around the clock (especially for international teams), we’ve seen popular trends in days and times.  Thursdays and Fridays have been the most popular, at around 4pm.  Companies like the idea of this being the last fun thing people do at the end of the day.

2. Choose an event that everyone will enjoy

With virtual team building being so new to some people, it can be a daunting task to choose the right activity to suit everyone.  Some events work better for different people.  For example, our Virtual Musical Bingo is great as a pure fun icebreaker where everyone plays against each other.  Our app-based games such as Virtual Murder Mystery, Virtual Around the World and Virtual Escape Rooms are great for people to connect and plan in small teams, with total numbers of over 1000 people possible.  For something completely different, I’m Working from Home Get Me Outta Here is a top choice.

Over the last year we’ve run over 1000 virtual events for companies including Facebook, Sony, Just Eat, BP, Redbull, Amazon & Google.  Our expert & experienced team will happily advise which events will work best for your group to ensure you get maximum participation and involvement.

3. Combine virtual team building with a team meeting or social

Virtual team building is a great follow on from any team meeting or social.  We can happily open up our virtual platforms prior to the main activity, or transition from your meeting platform to ours.  The same for after the activities.  We can keep the session live post event for everyone to stay on if anybody wants to say a few words or enjoy a team social whilst everyone is in the upbeat mood.

4. Consider events with packs posted to everyone in advance

Everyone likes to receive something in the post!  We have a variety of events that use kits sent to everyone in advance.  They play as a nice gift and something common that everyone shares and uses when they take part.  The most popular events that use these include our Virtual Wine Tasting, Virtual Chocolate Making, and Virtual Cookery Workshops.

5. Create intrigue

Help to hype up your virtual event in advance.  This can be done by not telling everyone what the actual activity is.  You can use teasers for the events theme and maybe even a prize.  The element of intrigue can create a great talking point with people communicating to try & fathom our what will happen on the day.

6. Don’t plan teams in advance

This is one of the biggest questions we get asked for virtual team building.  Is it better for people to be in teams with people they know and are comfortable with, or randomise them?  Our answer is the same as with live team building.  ALL of our events will instantly engage people with the theme and experience whether they know each other or not.  It’s the one of the exact purposes of team building, to get people to know each other.  Don’t fear it, virtual team building works in exactly the same way as live.  It forms new bonds, relationships and connections with ease.

How do virtual team building activities work?

Virtual team building events can be done in many different ways, with different outcomes.  From just fun experiences where staff come together in mini teams and compete virtually via online apps, to experiential learning where employees learn more about themselves and others in ways to help them understand and communicate with each other more effectively.

All our different remote team building experiences are designed to engage, motivate and bring teams together with a common goal and sense of purpose.  This allows us to still focus on building teams, as we do in live environments, just via a virtual platform, with virtual hosts, games masters and facilitators.

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What teams did before that they cant do now

In a face to face environment teams are able to bounce off each other, plan, brainstorm, share new ideas, temperature check and effectively communicate.  Take away that level of interaction and it’s easy to slip into isolation which leads to the breakdown of team effectiveness.

Individuals are now detached from the team environment which takes away the human factors that play such a pivotal role in motivation, drive and performance.  People thrive on the daily interaction with others, both in the workplace and socially.

The fun aspect of teams and being around people is also removed.  With many of us working from home, how much of energy we harvest from people is lost?  Is it just all work and no play now?

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Teams need leaders, leaders need teams

An ongoing part of a leaders role is to constantly manage, motivate, and inspire people to achieve.  This can be challenging in a normal environment, let alone with teams, small and large, now fully distanced.  Team members thrive of being part of a group and a community, including strong leadership to unite everyone.

Leaders also need their team members to perform.  They all play a pivotal role in ongoing success. People all have different needs, roles, personalities, skills and motivations.  Now, more than ever, leaders and teams need to continually maintain relations in order to perform now and in the future.

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Why develop your teams with virtual team building?

A huge amount of time, money, effort and training goes into developing teams.  Is it time to now let that all slip?  When the world comes out of distanced isolation most businesses will regroup, re focus, and re target to continue their success and recoup any losses.  Then comes the time when you really need your teams to perform.  Sales, marketing, operations, finance, logistics…they will all play a key role.  If your people have slipped into the doldrums it will be increasingly hard to regain the skills and motivation you may have worked hard at in the past.

Now is the time, whilst you have the time, to invest in your people and maintain the momentum.  Keep them feeling positive, valued, driven and worthwhile.  Continue to give them the achievement factor they are capable of when they unite to perform.

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How do I plan a remote team building event?

The first thing to do is get in touch with us to discuss what you’re looking to achieve.  Take advantage our 15 years’ experience in team building to advise on what style of experience will best work, and will achieve the right results.  It’s what we do, all day, every day.  We have our own teams and are running these events ourselves weekly.  Our guide to organising a virtual team building activity will also help.

Once we’ve worked with you on the right activity, we’ll do the rest.  Our team will communicate with you and all your team members with clear, concise, easy to follow steps to take part.  All our events are hosted virtually by the same event managers, compere’s and facilitators as we normally use.  They are the catalyst to bringing everything together with our back-end team taking care of the finer details.  You can be involved as much as you wish.  Either sit back, relax, let us do the work and take part with everyone else, or play a more pivotal role in the planning and delivery.

Click here to contact our friendly team to discuss how a virtual experience could work for your team.

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