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From the bloggers at Medium:
Get-to-know-you questions and games tend to feel cheesy. We’ve all been victim to a terribly trite icebreaker with coworkers that made us roll our eyes. I know I have, Claire Lew wrote.
However reluctantly, you may have realized that you need to break the ice at work. A new employee just joined your team, and you want to make sure they feel welcome. Or, you need to find a way to warm up a conference call between remote team members, and ask some get-to-know you questions for team-building.
After all, it’s always hard to work well with folks you don’t have a rapport with (not to mention, it’s less fun). Trust is the oil of the machine in the team. The more you have of it, the more things run smoothly. And the key to building trust within your team is to ask questions that help everyone get to know each other.
Given this, at Know Your Team, we put a lot of thought — and more than four years worth of research and fine-tuning — into crafting get-to-know-you questions that would be as non-cheesy as possible, and elicit meaningful and memorable responses from the team.