[aa_subtitle_display]A sense of community within your office is a vital part of the culture that your organization carries. In order to create a great culture and a solid sense of community, icebreakers can be used to enhance the closeness of employees, help people get to know each other, and work well to help integrate new team members into the group.
“Icebreakers” are a fun, quick, and simple game that get all team members involved and prove to be a fun and exciting way for people to share information about themselves and learn about those around them.
There are so many different varieties of these games to choose from, and we’ve gathered the best game ideas for you to introduce to your staff. After all, what better way to kick off 2017 than with some employee bonding?!
Icebreakers to Play in Your Office to Build Community
The interview game
This game breaks people off into pairs so that they may interview one another. Each pair should take ten to fifteen minutes to chat, asking each other questions about their lives and interests.
After the allotted “interview” time is up, the pairs should come back into one group and each person should share three interesting facts they learned about their partner with the group.
It’s a good idea to pair people together that haven’t interacted much so that they have a chance to learn about each other.
The five favorites
This game is quick to play and is super fun. Pick a category and have each teammate list their five favorites of that thing.
This could be anything from food, movies, holidays, tv shows, concerts they’ve attended, alcoholic beverages, or leisure activity. This could spark conversation, show teammates what they have in common with one another, and just serve as a great way to learn about one another.
Two truths and a lie
This is a tricky little game that is fun to play. It’s pretty self explanatory – everyone gives three facts about themselves, two being true and one being a lie.
Then, the group has to guess which of each person’s facts is untrue. This is bound to induce laughter and is a fun way for people to get to know each other better.
Would you rather?
This game is best played in pairs or small groups, and it centers around people asking either/or questions to one another.
For instance, someone may ask “would you rather go skiing or on a beach vacation?” or, “would you rather read a book or watch a movie?” to learn more about the person and what their interests, habits, and preferences are.
This can quickly get silly, morphing into complex and crazy questions – but that is part of the fun!
How a PEO Can Help
A PEO can help construct a plan for integrating icebreakers into the day-to-day of your organization, as well as in measuring the effectiveness of them. Call us today to learn more about PEOs and to find one that will work well with your company.