We've put together the ultimate list of 100+ ice breaker questions conveniently categorised & ranked for different contexts.
Modern organisational life, regardless of culture, is characterised with essential teamwork. Yet, we often find ourselves neglecting the integration of ways to break down barriers, get acquainted and build trust.
However, awkward silences and uncomfortable hellos don’t just disappear off their own accord. This is when you need a long list of quick and easy ice breaker questions to get the ball moving and to get your team feeling comfortable with each other.
Designed to be fun, interesting and proven to accelerate team development, ice breaker questions are the perfect way to get your team shivering with excitement.
Below, you’ll find 10 categories of questions that contain all of our favourite ice breakers, each with the questions in ranking order. We’ve covered everything from fun icebreaker questions, to one’s related to the job, to some old fashioned ones and then to some more creative ones.
If your team is working remotely at the moment then you should check out our 7000 word guide on remote team building games and activities for virtual teams. In there you'll find 40 ideas with instructions that you can try with your newly remote team.
First things first, it is crucial that ice breaker sessions are fun. So, kicking off to a lighthearted start, these are our favourite fun and easy ice breaker questions for you and your team to try.
These ice breakers are simple, yet effective, questions designed to encourage employees to get to know each other a little better. They involve everyone and can be used with new team members or for teams who know each other very well.
Sharing our hopes, dreams, wishes and desires helps us to understand each other and form deeper relationships. These ice breaker questions are best suited to teams who know each other on a basic level but want to take their workplace relations one step further.
These questions encourage people to think their toes, be pushed outside their comfort zone and get creative. Again, these lighthearted and fun questions will get your team feeling relaxed and inspired to get to know each other.
There is a great deal of pressure on employees to perform well in businesses. Getting to know what drives their success early on and in a different way to help you to motivate them.
All the other questions we present to you will be focused on fun, development and humour. Yet, it is important to focus on the lower times and to be reflective. If you feel comfortable enough with your team to ask these questions, then we feel that they will aid your team in creating deeper workplace bonds.
Use these simple questions to lighten the atmosphere and add a little humour to your meetings. Our top tip is that you could make these ice breakers into a friendly competition. For example , everyone puts their hands up if they prefer beaches and their hands down if they prefer pools. You could offer prizes for the winners, or just use the competition to keep the ice breaker games engaging.
Lets face it, we’ve all played this when intoxicated at a college party and found it hilarious. We can only suggest keeping it PG when playing it in the office, but we’re sure it’ll bring the same humour to your work team as it did to your college parties. “Would you rather?” is a different and exciting way to find out people's preferences, values and likes.
Lighthearted ice breaker questions are all fun and games. However, when it’s time to get down to the business of team building, we’ve also got you covered. Try these work related ice breakers when trying to create a professional environment or when forming new teams.
These are perhaps the quickest ice breaker questions. However, they are arguably the least insightful and the least fun. Nonetheless, stick a few of these in to make the ice breaker activities feel less like an interrogation...
So, there you have it.
100 of the best ice breaker questions that encourage conversations and build deeper bonds between teams.
Feel free to mix and match the questions from different sections, this will keep your ice breaker sessions different and interesting.
However, be mindful that your ice breaker sessions are kept short and sweet. You’ll probably find it useful to set a time limit - we recommend setting aside the first five minutes of any meeting for ice breaker questions. And then, it’s time to get down to business.
Congratulations, you've made it to the end of our epic list of ice breaker questions. Once you've gotten through all of these there really shouldn't be any ice between you left!
If you want to go deeper with the ice breaking then you should also check out our list of the best ice breaker games.
About the author
Heather Harper has a Masters in Occupational Psychological from the University of Manchester. She currently works as an editorial writer specialising in organizational psychology - helping teams work better together.