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Any ideas on fun team bonding events/games to improve culture in a new remote tech startup? Very small team with long work hours, we are trying to build a people culture but hard because we can’t see much of peoples personalities through Zoom meetings much.

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For me personally, I like virtual events when they let people just talk and maybe use some activity to facilitate that (e.g., build your own pizza kits via mail). I do not like all these Zoom games. It’s stressful and boring usually.

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It can happen after awhile because people get bored, but if there’s a prepared activity/conversation, usually that helps structure it so those awkward silences happen less.

My team recently did a virtual event with kumospace and it was actually pretty cool. Basically a video conference but you are in a virtual office, and can move around with the keyboard. You can only hear people close to you in the virtual office

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I checked kumospace out, it totally looks cool! Did you guys do any types of events in the space?

Do a virtual trivia game. Always a hit!

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Try a coworking call. It’s weird but allowing people to work while on Zoom can allow for silence. If they have a comment or a question, they just ask. It takes the pressure off being 100% engaged but also allows them to show their personality.

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We did team art therapy (group art class) by DailyDesignist. Was super cool.

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Play Games like Fall Guys and Among Us together. D&D for the more hardcore.

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We played Code Names online.

My friend’s company has been doing tastings for all different types of food/drink. He and his co-workers love them. They are sent in the mail and an expert from that brand/company leads it. He has gotten to taste a lot of interesting things and it gives his company something to talk about leading up to and after each event.

One thing I will add is that I hate networking events after work or after a long day. Have it during lunch and let people order lunch or end the day early for the event so people are actually excited for it and have the energy

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