Staff meetings are a great way to bounce ideas off of one another and to talk about improving experiences throughout the workplace. With that being said, many employees find it intimidating to speak their mind during staff meetings. They may find it awkward to speak their mind in front of employees that they do not know or perhaps there are senior officials in the room who they do not feel comfortable speaking around. Regardless, using ice breakers for staff meetings is a great way to stimulate conversation and get everyone to participate in your meeting. Below are some great ice breakers for staff meetings that you can use to your advantage.
1. Finding 10 Things in Common
This team building exercise is extremely popular amongst both small and large businesses. The objective of this game is for every attendee to talk to one another in order to find 10 things that everyone has in common. This task can be rather time consuming as everyone generally has their own likes and dislikes, but it can be interesting to find common ground and to know what the group similarities are. You will want to ensure that you set some ground rules so that the group doesn’t “cheat”. As an example, say that body parts are not allowed.
2. Sweets for the Meet and Greet
Another one of the best ice breakers for staff meetings is the sweets for the meet and greet exercise. This activity requires a small amount of preparation and purchasing, but it can be done at a dollar store to ensure that it is cost effective. You will need to buy candy bars, 2 of each kind, and ensure that you have enough to cover your list of attendees. You will also want to label each chair at the meeting table with the name of each candy bar that you purchase. Put all of the candy bars in a bag and when the attendees enter the room, have them draw a candy bar from the bag. The attendees will then sit where their corresponding candy bar name is. You will then instruct your group to begin a conversation with someone else who has the same candy bar as them. This is a great way for your employees to have one-on-one conversations with each other, plus they receive a reward for participating.
3. Fun and Funny Conversation Topics
Ice breakers for staff meetings do not only have to revolve around activities, they can also be socially motivated as well. Consider using fun and funny conversation topics to get conversations started. Providing your staff with the ability to talk with one another about ridiculous topics will stimulate effective conversation during the meetings. A few ideas for fun and funny conversation topics include:
• If you could move to any planet and bring anything with you, where would you go and what would you bring?
• If you could be any type of vegetable or fruit, which would you pick?
• If you woke up tomorrow morning as an animal, what animal would you be and why?
• Did you have an imaginary friend growing up, if so, who/what was it?
4. Speed Meetings
Another great form of ice breakers for staff meetings are speed meeting conversations. Mostly everyone has heard of speed dating (if not, explain the purpose of speed dating to the group) and it can be a great way to get to know one another. Set your attendees up around the table and allow them to move from person to person as they explain themselves and what they find interesting about themselves in under 30 seconds. Not only is it a great way to get to know each other but it is also a fun and quick way to spark conversation throughout the group.
5. My Best 3 Work Moments
Everyone has had a day at work where they feel like they accomplished something. Perhaps they finished a work project in a limited amount of time and it saved their boss from being reprimanded by senior employers. Regardless, each of your employees should have a time that they remember being their best moment at work. Encourage your group to talk about their 3 best work moments. This will help to generate a positive atmosphere throughout the meeting and it will also boost the self-esteem of your attendees. It can also be a great way for you to get to know the work ethic of your employees via their past experiences.
Ice breakers for staff meetings are a great way to spark conversation and enable your staff to feel more comfortable around you and their co-workers. With the use of the above 5 games and conversation starters, you will be able to host the most interesting and unique staff meetings in the business.