The pandemic changed the way we all work by shifting teams (and even entire companies) online. While some work is back to being in-person, it seems that remote work is here to stay.
When video meetings start and end on a schedule, there is little time for the connection that might normally occur within an office environment - the “water cooler talk”, chatting in the cafeteria, or a quick convo in the hallway.
So how can these human connections (aka team building) occur when we’re all behind screens?
By having an online painting event with a focus on fun and creativity, everyone on the team can share and express themselves in a way that may be different from their daily role at work. Through painting, the playing field is leveled and everyone is able to explore and learn a new skill while spending time getting to know their colleagues in a different light.
When Boehringer-Ingelheim gathered their team of 35 in August of 2020 for an online painting event, the results were outstanding. Each person was given the artistic license to create a unique painting that related back to the team’s core values and work that they do. Instructions and example images for inspiration were provided as well as individual guidance as questions arose. The team talked, shared their ideas, and in the end they had collaborated in creating art that would be displayed as a unified installation at their office.
In 2021, Themo Fisher’s team gathered online from all over the world to follow a guided painting that related back to their team’s theme of Orchestration. The piece was a creative twist on sheet music and made for a decorative addition to each person’s home office as well as being a reminder of their time connecting socially.
For every team, painting kits are sent out in advance so there’s no stress in tracking down materials. A custom webpage is also created with easy-to-follow instructions for setting up the painting station and joining the online event. A painting activity is a wonderful way to unite the team through a virtual team building event!