Giving awards and recognition provides tremendous value to your virtual team members as well as the team’s collective spirit. When people receive an award or recognition it makes them feel valued. Recognition honor’s efforts and lets others know that we see their contributions.
Bottom line, when we receive an award or recognition, we feel good. And good chemicals are released in our brain that inspires us to continue doing what we are being recognized for.
Impromptu recognition is always a good idea when it is sincere, yet being recognized “officially” provides an extra element of satisfaction and imprints a stronger memory.
In this virtual team building activity, I’ll walk you through how you can give team members an opportunity to award their peers. It’s not only fun, but it’s also really easy to do with a virtual team.
I facilitated this activity with a team of 11 recently in about 30 minutes. I was smiling from ear to ear as the awards were presented because positive energy is contagious. The instructions are below, feel free to modify to fit the needs of your team.
1. Create a certificate template in PowerPoint that you will provide for the team members.
My template had three sections:
2. Work with the team leader to divide the team into sub-teams of 3-4 people who will work together in a breakout.
This is a fun, engaging virtual team building activity that allows the team to reward and recognize each other for their unique contributions to the team.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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