It can be difficult to onboard and acclimate new hires in the remote workforce. “New hires are feeling disconnected, and they’re decreasing in productivity,” said Sammy Courtright, co-founder of Ten Spot, during a webinar. “This is why icebreakers are so important in getting to know new hires and acclimate them to the team.”
While icebreakers might seem cheesy, Courtright says they’re an easy way to create connections in the distributed workforce. “There’s a need to recreate a way for employees to truly connect in a virtual world,” she says. “When you begin to work for a company, you’re typically introduced to the entire team, you can talk by the coffee machine, and have elevator chatter. When you’re fully remote, it’s just not happening anymore.”
Icebreakers take away the awkwardness of those initial conversations not just for the employer, but also for the new hire. It gets the dialogue going and makes both parties feel more comfortable. “Icebreakers, by definition, are things that are said and done that help people relax and begin talking in social situations,” says Courtright.
To get you started, here are the most engaging icebreakers Ten Spot customers have experienced. How can you not develop connections when you’re talking about your first concerts, favorite movies, and hidden talents?
The Best Virtual Icebreakers
- Favorite childhood smell?
- Favorite childhood toy?
- Biggest pet peeve?
- All-time favorite movie?
- What is your go-to karaoke song?
- What was the first concert you went to?
- What has been your favorite vacation?
- What was your first job?
- What would be your last meal on earth?
- What is one thing people don’t know about you?
- If you could have one superhero skill, what would it be?
- Do you have any hidden talents?
- Have you ever met a celebrity?
- What is your favorite binge-worthy TV series?
- What is your favorite holiday?
- What was your favorite Halloween costume?
- What is your favorite seat on an airplane?