Teambuilding exercises and other forms of forced workplace “fun” have been cringeworthy fodder for sitcoms and movies about office life for decades. What is intended to bring staff together and boost morale often has the opposite effect, which was the case when these were in-person activities. But shifting them to an online format only amplifies the awkwardness that so many of these activities inspire.
At the same time, the need for team bonding and morale-boosting is perhaps higher than ever amid the forced remote work and overall uncertainty of the pandemic. This undeniably puts employers and HR teams in a tough spot.