Check-in rituals (5–10 minutes; 1 minute per person)
Ask how each team member is feeling by choosing one of these questions/rituals.
Virtual First | Teamwork Kit
Form team-bonding rituals
Healthy organizations depend on close ties within teams—and virtual work requires regular effort to sustain these ties. Use this practice to develop rituals that deepen bonds, build shared values, and reinforce good habits. It’s a powerful way to connect that can transform your team or organization’s culture.
10–60 MINS | VIRTUAL TEAM PRACTICES
Teams bond best when they have a common purpose. Do the exercises below every quarter or once a year to develop a motivating North Star for your team.
- Write a team charter (35–50 minutes; yearly or as needed). Why does your team exist? What is its core purpose? High-performing teams tend to have a shared answer to this question.
- Define team values (2–3 hours; yearly or as needed). An activity kit for exploring values and building stronger team connections.
- Design a team summit (3–6 hours; quarterly). This kit has everything you need to coordinate a fun virtual offsite for your team.
|Corporate tarot connection cards (30–45 minutes)||These cards use the principles of tarot to facilitate open conversations with storytelling and play.|
|Creative conversation cards (60 minutes)||This exercise helps teams (especially newly formed ones) get to know each other in a deep, meaningful way.|
|Spirit of Joy planner (45–60 minutes)||Make joy a priority by using this group facilitation guide to plan joyful moments during your day.|
|Creative energy worksheet (30 minutes)||Build self-awareness and resilience by having your team members reflect on which tasks give them energy and purpose—and which don’t.|
|Reading ritual (30 minutes)||Have your teammates pick a favorite poem, line from a podcast, or article they recently read. Then discuss.|
|Creative bursts (30 minutes)||
Have each team member choose an activity below and work on it for 5–15 minutes. When time is up, ask them to share their creation with the rest of the team.
|Show-and-tell (15–30 minutes; 2 minutes per person)||Ask each team member to think of a super-secret skill they have (poetry? beatboxing?) and have them present it to the group.|
|Lunch club / learning lunch (30–45 minutes)||Create a system of 1:1 lunches for people who don’t know each other well, or have a group lunch where people share something they’re good at. Ask your manager to fund the lunches so there’s an extra incentive to participate.|
|Team meditation (5–10 minutes)||Start the day off right with a group meditation. Organize a session for yourselves or join an existing sangha. Check out Headspace or Calm if you need a guided meditation.|
|Create a Spotify playlist (5–10 minutes)||Collaborate with other team members on a Spotify playlist. It doesn’t have to be music only—you can add podcasts, poetry readings, audiobooks, or even vintage radio dramas.|
|Rapid-fire connections (15 minutes)||
This is a great way to quickly build trust and community by giving pairs of people something to bond over.
|Individual thank-yous (10–15 minutes)||In your regular team meeting, say what you’re grateful for or give a shout-out to a team member whose great work hasn’t been recognized yet.|
|Team kudos / gratitude posts (10 minutes)||Do this in a meeting or asynchronously:
|Small Moments jar (5 minutes)||Create a virtual “jar” (for example, a Google form or Doc) to say thank-you to teammates for any small, positive moment you recently had during a project or meeting. At every weekly meeting or company all-hands, have the facilitator read one of the submissions in the jar.|
3 easy wins
Build the habit
- Tomorrow: Add a check-in ritual to your next team meeting agenda.
- Next week: Try doing a gratitude exercise with your team.
- Quarterly: Add a quarterly hangout (30–45 minutes) to your team’s schedule. Incorporate one of the practices from above.