When it comes to creating a cohesive team that works efficiently, it should be a priority to help members develop and strengthen their relationships with each other. Whether the team is new, merging with another team, or welcoming a new member, constructing team-building experiences will help everyone work better together and get more accomplished.
If you’re in charge of planning team-building experiences, remember that you want to create an environment where coworkers can get to know each other in a casual and enjoyable way. One fun idea is to play break-the-ice games where people can share a bit about themselves while also learning more about their colleagues.
We know how hard it can be to think of these activities, so we put together some of our personal favorites.
Here are 5 of our favorite ice breakers to try at your next team-building event!
1. Why I Love Ice Cream
Each person says their name and what flavor of ice cream they love most. For some people, it’ll make remembering names a bit easier because they can associate people with their favorite type of ice cream! It’s also an easy way to secretly note what to bring your coworker on their birthday.
2. Who Is It
Each person writes down three facts about themselves (the more creative, the better!) on a piece of paper and puts it into a bowl. One person draws a slip of paper from the bowl, reads aloud the facts, and the group tries to guess which person wrote them. This series of steps continues until every person has been matched to their piece of paper. This game is a fun way to share unexpected truths about yourself that people might not otherwise know!
3. Are You Blank Or Blank?
Choose some objects in the surrounding space and describe why each team member is more like one and not the other.
Example: Nail or hammer, plant or fly, etc. “Lauren is a hammer because she is our team’s driving force and helps to get tasks accomplished. She is not a nail because she doesn’t need to be told what to do, rather she works independently.”
You can use the same two objects to describe everyone, or you can switch them up with each person. Remember to keep it positive and use this time as a chance to encourage your team members.
4. Two Truths and A Lie
You can’t go wrong with this classic ice-breaker! Have each person write down three things about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is false. Go around and have each person read their three statements aloud. From there, the group tries to guess which one is the lie. This activity can lead to great conversations and perhaps even some storytelling.
5. Find 10 Things In Common
This is a great game for teams that are merging together. The idea is that the team has to find ten things that they all have in common. Encourage your group to get creative and avoid obvious statements, like the fact that everyone has eyes, for example.
You might end up finding out that the entire team loves soccer or that they’ve all gone bungee jumping. Sharing commonalities helps to create bonds and gives coworkers something to chat about during the day.
Remember That Team Building Never Stops
No matter how long your team has been together, it is important that they can relax, have some fun, and enjoy each other’s company every once in a while.
If your team members know each other too well for ice breaker games but are still in need of some fun team-building experiences, Connections Team Building can help you plan and execute activities that are sure to bring them even closer together.