When you’re looking for fun ice breaker questions to get people talking, don’t settle for the standard “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” and “How did you end up at this job?” Instead, try these creative alternatives.
Team-focused questions help members bond and create a strong sense of camaraderie. They can also serve as a jumping-off point for discussions about current projects, upcoming deadlines, and future plans.
Asking your colleagues about their personal hobbies and interests is a great way to show you care. These icebreakers are also a good fit for small groups, like new hires or employees meeting each other for the first time.
Similarly, asking your colleagues about their favorite music and movies shows you’re interested in their interests and culture. Plus, these icebreakers are often the fastest and easiest of all the options.
Other icebreakers that can be used with any group include the classic “Have you ever…” question (and variations like it). For example, have your colleagues answer whether they’re an introvert or an extrovert, what their favorite food is and why, or who they think would win in a fight—fighters versus wallflowers.
Another quick and easy icebreaker is to split the group into teams and challenge them to complete a jigsaw puzzle together. This activity encourages teamwork and can foster competition among teams, if desired. If your group is large enough, you can also divide the team into two and see which group can make the most progress on their jigsaw in a set amount of time.