Asking "How is everyone?" at the beginning of every meeting isn't always the best way to encourage team bonding. Sometimes, having a fun ice breaker can aid in that connection.
The best ice breakers have the power to strengthen coworker bonds, stimulate better brainstorming sessions, and create an atmosphere of inclusivity. To get the most value out of your team bonding moments, we've compiled a list of the best ice breaker games for the workplace. Next time you get together with your team, use one of these games instead of asking "How is everyone," and you're sure to hear some better, more insightful responses than "I'm good."
- Pop Quiz
- Would You Rather
- 18 & Under
- Scavenger Hunt
- This is Better Than That
- Choose Your Favorite
- Trivia Game
- Share an Embarrassing Photo
- Meet my Pet
- Paint a Picture, Build a Story
- Alphabet Brainstorm
- Show and Tell
- Bucket List
- Arts and Crafts
- What Do We Have in Common?
- Name That Tune
- Themed Meetings
1. One Word Game
The One Word ice breaker allows you to provide initial context into a meeting's topic, and get everyone in the right mindset for discussion.
To play, you'll want to divide meeting participants into smaller groups. Then, tell them to think for a minute or two, and then share with their group one word that describes X.
This game encourages everyone to think about a certain topic in smaller groups ahead of time, which could increase participation during the meeting.
2. Pop Quiz
To successfully loosen everyone up and get them in the right mindset for a meeting, you might consider putting a short Pop Quiz on the board.
如果您的目标仅仅是为了鼓励团队联系，那么您的测验可能会更有趣 - 例如，“与这首80年代的歌曲相匹配”。但是，您也可以使用POP测验作为向参与者介绍会议主题的机会。
放置map and a set of pins at the front of a large conference room大会前。当人们走进去时，请他们将销钉放在出生或长大的地方。
Perfect for larger groups and movie fanatics, this icebreaker is as crazy as you make it. Divide players into quads and give them 10 minutes to devise the plot of the next award-winning film. You can give them constraints by designating genres like horror, action, comedy, thriller, and more.
5. Would You Rather
Here are a few "Would You Rather" questions to get you started:
- Would you rather only have summer or winter for the rest of your life?
- Would you rather go on a hike or see a movie?
- Would you rather never use social media sites and apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
18 & encour下是一个迷人而独特的方式age team members to share fun or interesting stories with one another. Before a meeting, simply go around the room, and ask each person to share one accomplishment they had before they turned 18.
One of the more classic ice breakers in the list, Two Truths and a Lie can be used anywhere from family parties to company events. To play, you simply ask each person to brainstorm three "facts" about themselves -- two of the facts will be true, and one will be a lie.
例如，我可能会说：“我曾经试镜电视节目Zoom。I have three brothers. I ziplined in Switzerland once." Coworkers can take turns guessing which is the lie. (FYI, I have two brothers, not three, so that's the lie. Unfortunately, I did audition for Zoom.)
8. The Handshake
One of the first ways you get to greet somebody in the workplace is with a handshake.
This ice breaker lets individuals ease up and have a little fun without a hassle. It’s simple — divide the group into pairs of two and have them make the most creative handshake they can in a couple minutes.
Ice Breaker Games for Small Groups
Asking fun questions is an easy and effective ice breaker game. To play, simply go around the room and have each person provide an answer to a fun question. The questions are up to you, but if you're stuck, here are a few ideas:
- If you're stranded on a desert island and have the option of bringing three items with you, what three items would they be?
- What was the first concert you ever went to?
- If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?
这些问题有两个目的 - 首先，它们允许您的同事进入更愚蠢，更具创造力的心态。其次，他们鼓励谈论通常为办公室外部保留的主题对话，这使团队成员能够更深入地了解彼此。
梅格·普拉特（Meg Prater）, Sr. Marketing Manager of the HubSpot blog, says "When I first started including ice-breaker questions in our weekly team stand-up meetings, the experience was … cringeworthy. It felt like exactly what it was: organized fun. But we kept at it. I listened to feedback and tried to incorporate it into better ice breakers."
She continued, "For example, some folks on our team don’t watch a lot of T.V. and felt a little excluded when we’d fall down a rabbit hole of shows we were binging. Keeping the ice breakers inclusive keeps everyone engaged. Now, our ice-breakers can take 15+ minutes to get through and yield some of our biggest laughs and revelations of the week."
10. Personality Quiz
这种破冰船可以促进团队联系，这是清单上更容易的选择之一。只需在手机或计算机上选择简短的个性测验（如果您卡住，这是一个清单), and pull it up on a projector or send the link to everyone.
Once everyone has completed the personality assessment, have each colleague mention one thing they agree or disagree with from their results. This game allows your team members to gain a new perspective on their peers, and it's also a fun and easy way to get an interesting conversation started.
11. Who is it?
Allow the team to try and guess who wrote it. After they guess, ask the employee who wrote the fact to identify themselves and give any further context if necessary. This could be a great way to get to know surprising new things about your teammates.
Tom Wujec, a business visualization expert, initiallypresented his Marshmallow Challenge at TED。要进行比赛，您只需将团队分成四组，并给每组20个意大利面条，一码胶带，一码绳子和棉花糖。无论哪个团队都可以建立最高的结构，胜利 - 诀窍是，棉花糖必须位居榜首。
There are a few reasons this game works as both a great ice breaker and a team-building exercise. First, the most successful teams are the groups of people who don't spend time competing for power.
13. Scavenger Hunt
At HubSpot, we conduct a scavenger hunt for new hires on the first day of their training. It's fun and encourages collaboration, but additionally, it can help employees learn their way around the office.
Fortunately, you can conduct a scavenger hunt for your team even if they've worked at your office for years.
只需将您的团队分组分组，并给每个小组提供一个供您查找的项目 - 如果您在较小的空间中工作，也许您可以提前将一些有趣的物品隐藏在办公室周围。您甚至可能会为获奖团队提供激励措施，例如一张50美元的亚马逊礼品卡。
A scavenger hunt is also an exceptional opportunity for cross-department interaction. Consider reaching out to managers from other departments and creating groups of employees who don't often get to work together.
14. No Smiling
This game is simple andmeant to energize your team。让您的同事围成一圈，请一名志愿者坐下或站在中间。告诉志愿者，无论发生什么事情，他们都无法笑或微笑。然后让彼此的同事轮流告诉志愿者一个适合工作的笑话。
The goal of the volunteer is to hear a joke from every colleague around the circle, while the goal of the other team members is to make the volunteer laugh.
This icebreaker can be helpful in new-employee or management training to lighten the pressure of starting a new job. It can also be helpful as a way of lightening the mood on teams that regularly deal with stressful projects or situations.
15. This is Better Than That
Aside from being a fun team activity, this might be a great energizer for sales employees or others that regularly pitch, market, and sell products.
Ask your team to find four to seven办公室周围的物品并把它们带到一个房间里。这些物品可以omething they use daily, like a pen or a chair. However, you should encourage them to find items that are more odd or unique. This will make the game more challenging.
This icebreaker helps your team get to know each other even when they work remotely and can spark conversation on what everyone likes or dislikes.
Then, you can choose a featured trivia game to play. To run this remotely, you'll want to share your screen with your team. Everyone will need to have a separate device to use so they can enter the game and submit their answers.
18. Share an Embarrassing Photo
Have your team members share their screen or send a file to the team leader to share with everyone.
高级经理Christina Perricone, says this is her favorite icebreaker.
"The person sharing gets to decide whether or not to elaborate, and everyone listens without response. The purpose of the exercise is to give people a chance to release and/or reveal emotional setbacks, obstacles, wins, highlights, or anything else that might be impacting how they show up to work that day. It provides a space for participants to bring their entire self to work and it gives the team context for how to support that team member that day," Perricone adds.
20. Meet my Pet
Nothing fills a meeting with smiles like photos of colleagues’ furry friends. Take turns showing off the cutest pictures and videos of your pet.
在这个破冰船中，季后赛是您的队友的艺术性，并创建了杰作的场景。Gartic Phonegives you a short time frame to sketch photos based on other players’ prompts — and can result in some hilarious artwork.
Drawasaurusis one of my favorite online drawing games to play with colleagues. Players get to choose from three random prompts to quickly interpret and draw their vision. Other players can score more points for identifying the word the fastest and take turns going until the timer goes out.
Thinking off the top of your head is a lot harder said than done inScattegories。The host of the game can choose from topics as broad as foods and countries or as weird as “Things Granny would say.”
Each round the game will highlight a random letter of the alphabet and let players come up with any noun or phrase that starts with said letter. The best part — players can dispute answers amongst each other to take the win. A perfect icebreaker for your overly competitive colleagues.
Outside of the workplace, your teammates are people with aspirations and goals you wouldn’t know about from the average coffee chat. Have team members share some bucket list items they want to achieve in the future.
While dispersed teams may not have the chance to share a handshake or hug, you can still share the love amongst each other in this icebreaker. Say something lovely with another team member, and it could be anything you want as long as it’s respectful and in good judgment.
For each person that receives a kind message, they will be the next one to share a message to a member of the group who hasn’t received one — ensuring everyone gets an equal amount of praise. Shout them out for their helpfulness in a project, for the energy they bring to the team, or for their lovely smile.
27. Arts and Crafts
与团队合作可能是学习新知识并在您的空间中保持装饰性纪念品的绝佳机会，以提醒您团队。让每个人都遵循相同的说明，以制作诸如“简单折纸”，“绘画”或“ Zoom Call或YouTube教程”中指定的讲师的绘画。
This icebreaker is best suited for new hires who may feel more reserved as they virtually meet the team.
Find common ground and get the conversation going with your team members. Have a manager or team leader start the conversation by sharing something they have an interest in, like popular TV, music, foods, or whatever they love to get everyone thinking. Popcorn it over to the most enthusiastic team member with that same interest and have them share a new one.
29. Name That Tune
Music brings people together, and you’d be surprised to learn how many of your coworkers are raving about the top trending song on TikTok or Spotify.
Take turns whistling, tapping, or even playing an instrument (if you gave one) to the tune of a popular song and have your teammates guess the name. Figure out who’s a fan of the classics by clapping and stomping to the tune of “We Will Rock You” byQueen, or do whatever it takes to help your colleagues recognize your favorite tunes.
Make sure your theme is chosen in good judgment as some holidays have cultural ties, keep this icebreaker for more commercial holidays.
Break the Ice and Get to Business
Icebreakers can seem cringeworthy, but are actually a great way to build trust within your team. Even if you work remotely, team bonding is an important part of running a productive, effective team.
Originally published Dec 9, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated December 15 2021