We’ve all been there. You’re attending an in-person meeting or event and you’re put on the spot: “Stand up and tell us a fun fact about yourself.” A shiver runs down your spine and you break into a cold sweat trying to come up with something interesting to share.
When it’s your turn to host a meeting or event, you’re determined not to make anyone feel put on the spot. But you also know how important it is to get to know your team and have them get to know one another, too. Ice breakers like these certainly serve a purpose, but there’s a way to utilize them that doesn’t instil fear into attendees.
With so many meetings switching being conducted virtually, some team leaders are forgoing get-to-know-you questions and icebreakers all together. But this can come at a cost. When your team doesn’t get to know each other or you, collaboration becomes increasingly difficult. Not to mention, your team might not feel as inspired or engaged in their work.
But the good news is, we’ve got plenty of get-to-know-you questions to use with your remote team that encourage bonding and team work without totally putting them on the spot.
So, let’s get started!
9 Get-to-Know-You Questions to Bond with Your Remote Team
What do you like most/least about working from home?
Whether your whole team is new to working from home or they have been for a long time, it’s still a good time to discuss how they feel about it. Have them share what they love about working from home as well as their challenges.
Maybe two team members will point out that it’s tough working from home because their kids are home too which makes for a big distraction. Those two team members now have something in common they can discuss on their own.
What’s your favorite device or technology you use while working from home?
This question is fun because it will give your whole remote team new ideas to enhance their work-from-home experience. Maybe one team member will share that they bought a standing desk that’s changed their lives. Or another one might talk about the special lamp they use while they work late to mimic sunlight. Either way, it opens up the potential for further dialogue and gives your team members new ideas to try.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
You might be surprised to hear the quietest member of your remote team is actually a fan of the loudest rock music possible. Or perhaps this provides a bonding opportunity for two team members who have both seen the same artist in concert. Either way, this question is a fun way to break the ice between team members.
By the way, even if you’re the leader or the boss, go ahead and answer these questions too! Your team members want to get to know you and this helps them learn to trust you.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
This icebreaker question can go a long way in motivating and inspiring your employees. It gives them the opportunity to think back on the great advice they’ve received, and it just might be what another team member needed to hear that day.
What is your most used emoji?
Have your team members pull out their phones and check what their most commonly used emoji is. Not only is this a good way to provide a few laughs, but it also doesn’t put anyone on the spot because it doesn’t require much thinking!
Who went above and beyond this past month?
Not only does this question encourage bonding between team members, it helps team members feel seen and valued.
Have your remote team enter the name of a team member who helped them out, did a great job, or just deserves a little extra credit. It’s incredible what this can do for morale, and it also encourages team members to keep going above and beyond.
Where are you joining us from?
Hosting a big meeting or event? A great question to ask is where everyone is joining from.
You can even display the results in a word cloud and see where most of your participants are tuning in from! When countries or cities are repeated, they’ll become bigger and bigger than the ones used less often.
What word would you use to recap your last week?
This question provides another opportunity to use a word cloud. Have your remote team pick a word to describe how the last week has gone for them. You can even offer a selection of five words to choose from and see which ones are the most popular with your team.
How are you feeling today?
As many people are battling feelings of isolation and loneliness, a well-being check can go a long way in helping them feel connected and seen.
One way to do this is asking them, on a scale, how they’re feeling today using a live poll. Then, they can vote and you can display their results with the rest of the team in real-time. Depending on how your team votes, it might be time to check in with some team members one-on-one and offer more support.
Now we want to hear from you! What’s your go-to icebreaker with your team? Comment down below and let us know!