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9 Best Team Building Apps for Bonding and Collaboration

Well-meaning remote leaders fill their calendars with extra meetings, Zoom happy hours, and team-building activities, hoping they will help their teams bond. But a recent study by Buffer showed that only 18% of respondents feel more connected to their team members after switching to remote work. 

Relationships aren't just built through fun social interactions. To build meaningful bonds on remote teams, you need a combination of interactions—fun socializing, actually solving problems together, and so on.

Team-building apps can help. Use these nine tools to bring your remote team closer together in a variety of ways.   

Socializing: The best team-building apps for scheduled fun

Before diving into collaboration tools, help your team break down social barriers with these apps. From scavenger hunts to pizza parties, the virtual team-building games on these apps focus on fun—helping team members loosen up and get to know each other.   

1. Scavify

Scavify is a scavenger hunt app. Remote teams can customize a fun scavenger hunt, post photos, and track scores within the Scavify app. 

Managers are particularly fond of Scavify’s interactive features, like leaderboards, individual point totals, and a group photo stream where you can view everyone’s photos. These features make it easy to track your team’s progress in the scavenger hunt and team engagement. 

2. Reason

Reason is a remote team-building experience that provides state-of-the-art, futuristic virtual escape rooms.

Here are a few fun games your remote team can play together through Reason:

  • Moonshot - Rescue an astronaut using advanced tactics like virtual AI assistants, live person guides, and remote-controllable props in this award-winning escape game. 
  • Moonshot 2: Gateway - Complete another rescue mission in this space adventure escape game sequel to Moonshot.
  • Expedition Patagonia - Traverse the great outdoors with this virtual survival-themed race for teams that might prefer beautiful landscapes to outer space.

3. Party.Space

Party.Space is a virtual metaverse event app that you can use to throw parties for birthdays, special occasions, or just because. 

Party.Space allows you to “walk around” a virtual room and join group conversations at different tables, recreating the face-to-face feeling of a happy hour or company holiday party. Team members can also get together to play online games such as icebreakers or trivia, send emojis to team members, and facilitate free item giveaways. 

Collaboration: The best team-building apps for working together

Relationships aren’t just built through fun team-building events. Team members also forge bonds through problem-solving. These collaboration apps empower your team to work together as if they were in the office.

4. Remotion

Remotion is a video app designed for remote collaboration that emulates the best parts of working together in person. We use unique features like Spotify sharing and coworking rooms to help teams get on the same page and solve complex problems faster. 

Our lightweight, audio-first spaces are perfect for remote teams to solve complex problems together in real time. Coworkers can hop in and out of our coworking spaces to chat casually and even listen to music together while they work.

Remotion Coworking room and music sharing

5. Yac

Use Yac to send descriptive voice messages in real time and work through problems with your team. 

This app is particularly helpful for teams that want to cut down on virtual meetings. Instead of hopping on Zoom every time you have a problem, use Yac to send updates and request feedback over voice messages. 

6. Coda

Do you want more from your shared document than you’re getting from Google or Microsoft Docs? If so, consider switching to Coda

It’s a shared document tool with plenty of collaboration features—like task boards, live feedback, and reactive data and charts. Coda also integrates with the Slack app and Google Calendar, so you can easily integrate the information from your document into your daily workflow.

Personality testing: Team-building apps for behavioral science

How can you predict how the different personality types on your team will work together? Behavioral science apps can help you determine how each team member operates and how you can use that information to bring your team closer together. Using personality testing is a fun way to improve teamwork and the overall company culture.

7. RallyBright

Analyze the core factors that determine your team’s productivity and happiness with RallyBright. This tool uses a 15-minute test to determine each team member’s resilience, conflict style, burnout scale, and work environment stress. Both managers and team members can use and access this data via charts and graphs to inform future action steps.

8. WorkStyle

WorkStyle uses a variety of well-established personality tests like DISC, the Big 5, and six others to determine the personality profiles of your team members. 

The app interprets key indicators from this personality data to determine team members’ motivations, strengths, and weaknesses and how to improve team communication based on personality type. 

This app is especially useful because it specializes in workplace collaboration, not just personality testing.

9. Myers-Briggs App

The Myers-Briggs test, which first appeared in 1943, is used by hundreds of government agencies. But many other testing apps don’t seem to include this well-known personality test. Fortunately, this test has its own mobile app available for both iOS and Android. 

This test will determine how your team processes information (some prefer details upfront, while others prefer the big picture to be explained first), makes decisions, and uses their time. 

By understanding how your team members think and feel, you’ll learn how to communicate and solve problems together. Even if your teammates have opposite personality types, they’ll be able to assess where others are coming from and find a middle ground that will enable you to solve problems efficiently. 

Use Remotion to get even more value out of your team-building apps

Remotion can be used in combination with any of these other team-building apps to improve collaboration. Use Remotion to plan your social events, solve problems efficiently, or review your personality test results together. Remotion can help you get the most out of all of your virtual team-building tools and bring your remote team closer together.

The case for virtual coworking: build a connected remote culture.

Regularly coworking with your hybrid or remote team can help you build the social cohesion that makes work feel less like work.

Here are the biggest reasons we think virtual coworking is an effective way to create a close-knit remote culture:

1. It fosters casual conversations.

Building a connected remote culture is all about fostering 1:1 or small group organic conversations. Virtual coworking makes space for those conversations. When you spend time together outside of agenda-driven meetings, spontaneous chats naturally occur, as they would in a traditional office.

2. It's more inclusive than scheduled social events.

It can be draining for introverts to have to participate in scheduled, purely social conversations. Virtual coworking allows the team to spend time together and occasionally chat without having to constantly be "on," making it more inclusive for introverts and extroverts alike.

3. It's easy to say yes to.

Purely social events are important, but if your remote team is busy or on a tight deadline, it's tough to find the time for social chats without it feeling like an obligation. Coworking is much easier to get your distributed team onboard with because it doesn't take time away from getting work done.

4. It improves remote collaboration.

Coworking can lead to unblocking and shorter feedback loops and stronger remote collaboration. Quick questions get answered easily and in the moment, without a having to schedule a meeting or go back-and-forth in messages. Coworking also builds peer accountability.

5. It's scalable.

Coworking works for teams of all sizes and is a great way to scale your remote culture as your team grows. It's helpful to create opportunities for teammates from different functions to get to know one another.

6. It creates shared momentum.

Virtual coworking helps remote workers for the same reason you might get a membership at a traditional coworking space: the feeling of togetherness is motivating!

Get started with virtual coworking: choose the type most aligned with your priorities.

It takes intentionality to make virtual coworking feel natural and energizing enough to stick—it's not as simple as leaving a Zoom call open all day.

Here are a few of the ways we've set coworking up for our team. We recommend choosing one to start with. If it works, make it routine and experiment with other types from there.

Best practices for virtual coworking.

Keep group sizes small.

Limit your work sessions to 4-6 people to minimize distraction and help make introverted teammates comfortable chatting.

Signal boost coworking.

Set a norm of letting the entire team know when you're hopping into a coworking room or session.

Make it routine.

Once you've figured out what kind of coworking works for your team, make it a regular, opt-in event. Set up a recurring calendar event to do it at the same time each week to maximize the impact.

Set expectations ahead of time.

When you're first introducing coworking to your remote team, share what you're imagining in your calendar invite and at the top of work sessions to get everyone on the same page. For example:

Let's try virtual coworking! We'll work independently on our own projects with our cameras off, but we'll share virtual space and listen to music together — like we might work side-by-side at a physical office.

Listen to music together.

Play music while you work in a virtual room to create a shared environment and add a little bit of personality to your virtual coworking session.

Set up Coworking Rooms in Remotion.

Most of the above is doable with any video chat app or virtual office, but much easier with Remotion—which we designed with a lightweight, smooth coworking experience in mind. Remotion is the perfect virtual coworking platform—easily set up virtual rooms that your teammates can hop into for different styles of coworking.

While Remotion's virtual workspace is free to use with your remote team, if you're curious about joining a virtual coworking community built on our platform—check out Swift Remote Studio for iOS, Mac, and Swift developers.

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We'd love to hear how coworking goes for you, or what practices you've found helpful on your team — let us know @remotionco on Twitter.

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