Want a unique and fun way to break the ice and build a sense of unity and engagement among your employees? Set aside time to share team-building questions.
It doesn’t matter if you use them to onboard new hires, keep remote team members connected, or lighten the mood during a team meeting — these questions work.
In this article, the workforce-management experts at Sling discuss the best team-building questions out there, why they’re important, and how to use them in your business.
Fun Team-Building Questions
1) What struggle will kids these days never understand?
2) What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?
3) Dogs or cats?
4) You have five minutes to hide a paperclip in the office before a detective comes in and tries to find it. If the detective fails to find the paperclip, you get $10,000. Where do you hide the paperclip?
5) Other than family and friends, what are the five things that are the most important to you?
6) Thick pizza or thin?
7) Do you fold your pizza?
8) If you had to title your autobiography with the last mistake you made, what would it be?
9) What is the most awful fashion trend that you followed religiously?
10) If you could compete in the Olympics, which sport would you choose?
11) What is your guilty pleasure movie?
12) What is your guilty pleasure song?
13) What horrible fashion trend do you secretly like?
14) What emoji do you use the most?
15) If you could walk into any space preceded by an introductory song, what would it be?
16) What is your favorite decade and why?
17) What is the best thing you’ve bought this year?
18) Who is your favorite Disney movie character?
19) What bucket list item do you most want to mark off in the next six months?
20) What was your favorite class in high school?
21) What was your favorite class in college?
22) What was the last thing you ate?
23) What is your go-to book genre?
24) What is your go-to movie genre?
25) What app on your phone or tablet do you use the most?
26) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
27) What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
28) Which song can you listen to over and over again?
29) What was your favorite show as a kid?
30) What is your favorite musical instrument and why?
31) Does your car have a name? What is it?
32) What famous person from history would you want with you during a zombie apocalypse?
33) What was the worst haircut you ever rocked?
34) What movie made you laugh the most?
35) What band would you want to play at your funeral?
36) What was your favorite gym activity in high school, middle school, or elementary school?
37) What was your least favorite gym activity in high school, middle school, or elementary school?
38) If you had to write a textbook, what would it be about?
39) Pop quiz or year-end final?
40) What is your favorite cookie?
41) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
42) Do you prefer hot chocolate, coffee, or tea?
43) What do you call your grandparents?
44) What was your first job?
45) Would you rather be one of the X-Men or a Power Ranger?
46) Would you rather join Metallica or the New Kids On The Block?
47) If Aliens landed to retrieve one of their spies, you’d be the least surprised if it was whom?
48) How often do you work from bed?
49) What is your morning routine?
50) If you’re not from this city, how did you end up here?
51) What’s your favorite board game?
52) Are you a morning person or a night owl?
53) Sweet or savory?
54) What food from your childhood that others might find strange do you still eat?
55) If you had to sing karaoke, what song would you choose?
56) What was your least favorite childhood chore?
57) What’s your favorite scent?
58) If you had your own late-night talk show, who would you invite as your first guest?
59) Road trip or plane trip?
60) If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
61) Snow, sand, or something else?
62) Mountains or beach?
63) You’re going to sail around the world. What do you name your boat?
64) What was the worst injury you ever had?
65) Would you rather be trapped on a deserted island alone or with your worst enemy?
66) If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
67) What is your cellphone or computer wallpaper and why did you choose it?
68) What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
69) If you could get rid of any current trend, what would it be and why?
70) What is something you think is totally overrated?
The Importance Of Team-Building Questions
Whether you ask a funny team-building question or a serious one, the point is to get the participants out of their heads and give them a chance to relax and open up.
Asking each member of the group which movie made them laugh the most, for instance, is a great way to lighten the mood and foster a sense of closeness that might not have been there before.
Once everyone has loosened up and shared a bit about themselves, they’ll be in a better frame of mind to get down to the more serious business at hand.
How To Use Team-Building Questions
Regardless of how long your team has been together, individuals may be nervous before a meeting starts because they’re unsure about what’s going to happen.
Using team-building questions correctly right from the start provides a sense of order that sets the tone for the rest of the meeting and alleviates a lot of anxiety.
Here’s the best way to use team-building games for an in-person meeting, a virtual meeting, or just as a fun way to chat on email or IM.
- Gather everyone together (online or around the conference table)
- Before the meeting, determine the order of responses (e.g., alphabetically, around the table, attendees name who goes next)
- Explain the activity and how the responses will proceed
- Ask a question and answer it for yourself as a way to demonstrate the “game” and give others a chance to think about their answer
- Ask the question again and indicate who will go next
- Sit back and enjoy the camaraderie!
As the conductor of the activity, be prepared to restate the question, indicate who should go next, and generally keep the discussion moving should the need arise.
Make Time For Team-Building Questions
Building a sense of unity and cooperation among your employees is not an easy task. It takes time and effort and a good sense of what motivates each individual.
Team-building questions pave the way for all types of growth opportunities, including:
- Communication exercises
- Diversity activities
- Leadership activities
- Engagement activities
- Team-building games
- Ice-breaker games
- And much more
But the team-building questions on this list are only effective if you put them to use often. Whether you manage an on-site team or a remote team, communication and effective scheduling are the keys to success.
The Sling app makes both of those activities easier than ever before.
With the Sling suite of tools, you can:
- Set up all manner of work schedules (from simple to complex) and virtual team building activities
- Customize your communication (to an individual, a location, or everyone on the team)
- Manage time off
- Coordinate availability
- Simplify shift-trade requests
- Streamline payroll
- Track hours worked
- And much more
The built-in artificial intelligence even provides suggestions for better scheduling and notifies you when there’s a conflict.
Sign up for a free account and see for yourself how Sling can help you make time for team-building questions and improve the way your whole team works together.
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