Veronica Brundle - Mar 9 2022, 2:27:10 PM
Even though many businesses have moved to a remote or hybrid workforce, companies still have access to a wide range of fun and innovative ways to encourage connections in the workplace. These connections provide your company with significant value and help employees stay more engaged while they’re at work. At first glance, this might not seem like a big deal to you. However, companies that are highly engaged are 21% more profitable. Not only that, but engagement helps enhance the experience for employees while also improving their productivity.
Ensuring your team members are engaged with one another and enjoy working with each other should be a top priority for you. Whether that’s by planning quarterly happy hours or revamping your brainstorm sessions to be more interactive, there is always something you can do to bring your employee engagement to the next level. However, just because you planned a great virtual event doesn’t mean your work is finished there.
Sometimes employees require an extra push to connect and engage with others, whether that’s because it’s their first day at a new job or they don’t get too much face time with one another because they all work from home. One effective way to do this is by planning easy icebreaker games, like this-or-that questions.
Let’s take a closer look at what this game is and how it can complement your current engagement tactics in the workplace.
This-or-that is an icebreaker game during which team members are presented with two questions. The participants then choose which of the two options they prefer. These questions can be company-related, funny, ridiculous, and everything in between! There are no rules (except maybe keep it PG). You’ll be surprised at how easy these questions ignite conversations between employees. The right questions are sure to make them laugh, disagree, and be more open with their team members.
Yes! When it comes to icebreakers, it’s best to not overcomplicate things. With this-or-that questions, the game is self-explanatory. You can jump straight into the game and don’t need to explain anything to anyone. These small games can positively impact the virtual experience and help team members to bond with one another.
This-or-that is a simple, to-the-point game that’s easy to use with other icebreakers or team-building activities. Sometimes, all you need is an easy-to-play game that helps loosen up the team and get everyone familiar with each other. Whether it’s because you’re trying to engage a group of new hires or you’re asking them to all attend an 8 a.m. meeting, we all need an extra push to be social with others!
The first few days at any new job can be stressful and overwhelming. Not only that, but even the most extreme extroverts are often shy because they don’t know anyone just yet. As an employer, it’s your job to provide them with the best experience possible by facilitating conversations and pushing them to engage with others. The this-or-that game can be an easy icebreaker to get individuals to warm up to one another. We recommend starting the event with a few of these questions or using them throughout the orientation to encourage engagement.
There are a lot of different virtual experiences that can benefit from a quick and easy icebreaker, like this-or-that. Whether it’s a midweek happy hour or you’re having a company-wide all-hands meeting, icebreakers can easily complement any virtual experience and help get the conversations started. We recommend using this-or-that questions as an icebreaker before your event starts to help get everyone familiar with one another.
Brainstorming sessions require high levels of creativity that can be hard to force out of employees right away. This-or-that questions can help get the creative juices flowing and encourage your team members to think creatively. Plus, you can be strategic with the type of questions you ask. Consider sticking with funny questions to get them laughing with one another or go through something specific to your industry. Maybe you compare creative designs, marketing concepts, or sales tactics. Have some fun with them!
No matter the reason for a breakout session, it can be hard to jump into engaging in such a small group. Before starting the breakout session, you can send your employees a list of this-or-that questions they can run through to get familiar with one another before jumping straight into discussing something work-related.
Who says company-wide meetings need to be all work and no play? If you jump straight into business, it can be hard to keep your team members’ attention throughout the entire meeting. Instead, consider dropping a few this-or-that questions in the chatbox and having everyone respond in the chat. You’ll be surprised at how this icebreaker can get everyone engaged so quickly.
These are just a few questions to help you get started! Don’t be afraid to personalize these questions to fit your team members’ needs or look for questions that are specific to your industry. You can always print this list out or bookmark this page and come to it later when you need some inspiration. The list can be never-ending. There is always something that you can add to the list to improve the experience for your employees.
Once you’re set on incorporating this-or-that questions into your team-building exercises or virtual orientations, you’ll notice team members are much more likely to connect and engage with one another. Sometimes, all we need is a small push to engage and socialize. By providing them with the resources they need to connect on something that isn’t work-related, you can foster connections and help them build friendships in the workplace.
Don’t think this is the right icebreaker for your team? We’re here to help you find one that’s sure to break the ice. At Elevent, we are here to help you find the best virtual solution for your company, whether that’s virtual orientations, happy hour events, or something in between.
If you’re looking for team-building virtual experiences, make sure you take a look at our list of virtual events. From wine tastings to scavenger hunts, we have a wide range of events that are sure to spark your interest. The best part: When you work with us, you don’t need to worry about anything. We handle everything from conception to execution so you can focus on other things or join the fun.
We hope this list of this-or-that questions helps you successfully plan your next icebreaker and provide you with endless engaging opportunities!
Originally published at Mar 9 2022, 2:27:10 PM. Updated on Sep 30 2022.