Can virtual team building really work?

Engage your team in every step of the process

This is 350.org’s Communications Team at their online retreat this year!

Mimic an in-person retreat as much as possible

Balance between team building and strategic discussion

This is me, by my colleague Aleksei!

Prepare well but leave space for the unknown

Ask for help

Bonus track: quick list of nice things we experimented

  1. Encourage people to deprioritize other work, if possible: joining online calls is demanding and requires focus
  2. Play lots of games! It’s fun, we get to know each other more and learn to cooperate better
  3. Try linking the energizers to the activities of the day. This makes work lighter, and gives one more meaning to your ice breakers
  4. Create informal interaction spaces. This is the hardest thing about being online: you cannot just have a coffee with someone. We planned some Zoom rooms for the breaks so people could drop by to chat
  5. Make space for non-verbal expression. Communicating online is so much about what you say, verbally or writing… Draw, paint, connect beyond words!
  6. Allow yourselves to be silly. In front of the cameras we are so professional all the time! We can practice yoga, dance or listen to some good music together for a little bit, can’t we?

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350 is a global org that's inspiring the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis. This blog is a look behind the scenes at how we do that.

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