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The Essential Remote Work Bingo Guide

Veronica Brundle - Jan 21 2022, 3:06:33 PM

Remote work certainly has its benefits. From eliminating the commute to increasing productivity, the advantages of switching your team to fully remote are endless. As many companies continue to choose to make the permanent switch to remote work, you may be wondering what you can do to add a little bit of fun back into your team’s workday, create a feeling of connectedness, and build a remote community. Remote work bingo is one of our favorite ways to do just that.

Work from home and remote work have drastically changed the teamwork dynamic that we are all used to. Remote work bingo captures the humorous aspects of work-from-home life and gives everyone something to laugh about. From finding coworkers who drink one too many cups of coffee to deciding who says “can you see my screen?” the most, there is always something everyone can relate to.

The best part is remote work bingo encourages team members to pay attention throughout long meetings and keeps the creative juices flowing throughout the day. If your team is full of fun-seekers who love a little competition, this may be the game for you.

We put together a guide to help you plan the perfect remote work bingo experience for your team members and give you the resources needed for success.

How to play work-from-home bingo with your team

Work-from-home bingo is one of the most relaxed and effective remote work games that encourages your team members to spark conversations with coworkers they don’t talk to daily. It’s also fun and easy to plan, no matter the size of your team.

Luckily, the rules are simple: Stay alert, search for answers, and fill out the bingo sheet throughout the given time frame. Throughout the game, your team members will need to mark each square they find to track their progress.

To set up and play remote work bingo, all you need to do is:

  • Choose a day of the week to start the game.
  • Email the bingo sheet of your choice to all your team members.
  • Give them a time duration (this can take place during a workday, a workweek, or an entire month!).
  • Explain the rules, the prizes, and how they can win.
  • Encourage your team members to meet new people, mingle, and pay attention for moments that fit their boxes.

Once the time is up, reward employees who complete the bingo sheet, get a few rows, or get the most out of everyone!

How do I find a remote bingo sheet for my team?

If you feel like remote work bingo is the perfect fit for your group, all you need next is an interactive bingo sheet that works for everyone. Several free online remote work bingo sheets are readily available for you to download and email to your team members. When looking for a bingo sheet, we recommend reading over all of the pre-created squares and making sure all of them are relevant for your team. For example, if you don't require your team to show their face during meetings, you may want to stay away from adding a lot of video call–centric content since it may be more challenging to find.

Below are a few of our favorite examples that combine common phrases, work-from-home lingo, or moments that would only happen during a remote workday.

All these examples are free, easy to use, and generic enough to be relatable for any work-from-home team. If you are looking for a more customizable option, you can also consider downloading a blank template and filling out the squares yourself.

We recommend using an online bingo card generator to help you add custom squares that are more fitting for your group. My Free Bingo Cards offers a free bingo card generator that can help you build out these custom bingo cards for you and your team to enjoy. Taking this approach can help you curate a remote work bingo card that is unique to your team members.

Pro tip: If you are customizing your bingo sheet, consider adding squares that are designed to help your team members connect and have authentic conversations. This is a great way to encourage team bonding and add a more genuine feel to the remote work bingo game.

We understand the workday can be busy and full of distractions. If you don’t feel like you have the time to plan and organize a remote work bingo game for your team members, you can always consider one of our virtual experiences instead. We make it easy to plan and schedule fun and interactive experiences for your team that can help improve morale, encourage creativity, and give everyone the energy boost they need to get through the workweek.

Here are a few of our favorite ideas for virtual experiences that promote team building.

Pro Bingo

Get ready for a next-level bingo experience that encourages friendly competition and a whole lot of laughter in the comfort of your home. Our professional and expert bingo host will give your team members a bingo experience like no other. This experience can cater to groups of 1 to 200 so you don’t have to worry about anyone feeling left out. Get ready for a unique challenge, great prizes, and a fun-filled bingo experience.

This is a great option if you are looking to block out time on your team’s calendar rather than having them engage with remote work bingo throughout the day. It can help minimize distractions, increase excitement, and allow everyone to unwind and relax at the end of a workday.

Drag Queen Bingo

If your group is filled with adventure-seekers who are always down for a thrill, this drag queen bingo is an exciting option for mixing up the workday. This interactive bingo experience is hosted by a cast of bingo-loving drag queens ready to get the workday party started!

This bingo experience is unlike any other and a great way to get everyone laughing, connecting, and having virtual fun with their coworkers. Drag Queen Bingo provides bingo and a show! If you are looking to use this virtual experience as an alternative to remote work bingo, consider sending your team lunch or drinks so they can sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.

Cheers! Happy Hour Trivia

Not sure your team will love the idea of bingo or remote work bingo? Consider a happy hour trivia experience! This virtual trivia experience combines everything you love about pub trivia in a work-centric environment. Our host will guide your team through the fun via Zoom and break the team members into groups to tackle questions together. Trivia is a great game for team bonding, critical thinking, and creativity. You can take this event to the next level by sending your team members a bottle of wine to enjoy during their happy hour time.

As a company, it’s always encouraged to look for ways to plan and schedule events that help create a positive work environment, even when employees are working remotely. Looking for ways to incorporate games, happy hours, or company-sponsored virtual events can encourage camaraderie and develop a strong workplace culture.

Remote work bingo is an easy and simple way to spice up the workday, encourage team building and bonding, and invite everyone to connect on something that’s not work-related. Taking the time to provide your team members with workweek fun can have long-lasting benefits that can improve workflow and make everyone feel more connected with their coworkers. If you don’t think remote work bingo would work well for your group, you can always consider scheduling or planning one of our unique virtual experiences.

We offer a unique selection of virtual events for groups of every size and every kind. We handle all the logistics so you never have to worry about any of the planning or scheduling, and you can join in on the fun, too. Make sure to check out our full list of games or bingo virtual experiences we offer to see if we provide an event that works for you.

Originally published at Jan 21 2022, 3:06:33 PM. Updated on Oct 3 2022.

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