303 Best Icebreaker Questions for Work & Meetings

Good icebreaker questions you can actually use in Range.

Josh Spilker, August 4, 2022Yellow Squiggle
Ice Breaker Questions for Work Range

Why are these good icebreaker questions?

This isn't a random list of icebreaker questions.

These questions were purposefully designed to help with team building and team culture.

Good icebreaker questions gets each person sharing, others listening, and develops psychological safety.

A great way to engage your team is to answer icebreaker and team building questions together.

Each question is an opportunity for people to share a bit more about themselves, and for the team to learn a little bit more about each other. These questions quickly turns into team bonding, as well as break up busy work days.

Below, you'll find icebreaker questions:

  • For introductions and small talk for live or virtual meetings. These are great for new team members.
  • That are more detailed and designed for teams that are more familiar with each other.
  • That go a bit deeper and aimed to help those who've worked together for a while to discover something new.
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Fun Icebreaker Questions For Work 😎

  1. What was your first job?
  2. What’s one strange thing that’s happened to you since working here?
  3. What’s your email style? Brief or detailed? Emotive or serious?
  4. What business jargon would you like to banish from the workplace?
  5. What’s your favorite story to tell about company history?
  6. What work decision or policy would you most like to know the backstory for?
  7. What have you read or watched recently and enjoyed?
  8. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  9. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
  10. What’s your morning routine like?
  11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  12. Who are your heroes in real life?
  13. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
  14. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
  15. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  16. Which comedian, actor, or author really makes you laugh?
  17. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
  18. What was the best thing that happened to you in the last week?
  19. If you could invent a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
  20. What’s the last dream that you remember?
  21. What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
  22. What’s one fun thing you’ve learned outside of work recently?
  23. When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  24. If you took a 4-week paid sabbatical from work, what would you do with the time?
  25. Who do you admire? What do you admire about them?
  26. If you had to move to a different country, where would you go? What would you miss?
  27. If your current team had a mascot, what would it be?
  28. What conversations are you most looking forward to this week?
  29. If you could get a meeting with anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?
  30. How do you celebrate? What are some things you do to treat yourself?
  31. What’s one thrilling thing you’ve done?
  32. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
  33. What’s your favorite way to relax or unplug?
  34. Back at school, were you on any teams or in any clubs? What was your favorite? Why?
  35. What was the last thing someone thanked you for?
  36. What is your favorite walk, hike, or bike ride?
  37. What song or artist have you been listening to lately?
  38. What books are on the top of your want to read list?
  39. What’s your favorite children’s book? Why?
  40. What’s your favorite season? Why?
  41. What seemingly tiny thing are you especially grateful for?
  42. If you could make a guest appearance in a TV show, which show would it be?
  43. What TV or movie character would be amazing on your team? Why?
  44. What talk or presentation have you enjoyed watching recently?
  45. Outside of work, what activity makes you lose track of time?
  46. When you set a morning alarm, do you snooze for a while, or wake up right away?
  47. When during the day do you have the most energy and focus?
  48. What’s the perfect notebook for you? (Lines or grids? Big or small? Etc.)
  49. What’s a favorite item that you’ve had on your desk at some point?
  50. If you had an extra day a week to volunteer your time, what would you do?
  51. What was the last podcast or audiobook you listened to?
  52. If you could magically improve at one skill, what would it be?
  53. What categories of trivia are you the best at?
  54. What should be M&M’s next new color or flavor?
  55. What’s one thing you enjoy about your home or neighborhood?
  56. What’s a simple pleasure you enjoyed this week?
  57. If you could add any snack to the kitchen at work, what would it be?
  58. What was the last scary movie that you’ve seen?
  59. If you could have any car for free, what would you drive? (Assuming free parking, gas, etc.)
  60. In your kitchen, what’s your favorite tool or gadget?
  61. What’s your favorite sport to play or watch?
  62. Where’s your favorite place for lunch on a workday?
  63. What’s your favorite Olympic event to watch? What do you like about it?
  64. What fictional character would you most like to have as a mentor?
  65. What’s the furthest away from home you’ve ever been?
  66. Where would you like to go on your next vacation?
  67. When you read books for fun, do you feel the need to finish them completely? Why?
  68. What’s your least favorite chore?
  69. What small activities help you re-energize?
  70. You’ve been tasked with creating a real superhero. What would their superpower be?
  71. What was your favorite television series as a teenager?
  72. What movie will you never grow tired of watching?
  73. What’s a movie that should have had a sequel, or a sequel that shouldn’t have been made?
  74. What’s one great thing that happened to you this week?
  75. How do you approach traveling on vacation? Do you make an itinerary or just explore?
  76. Have you ever dealt with a series of unfortunate events on a vacation? How did you overcome it?
  77. If you could spend a season working abroad, where would you go?
  78. Kids today will never understand the struggle of what?
  79. When do you find it easiest to stop thinking about work?
  80. How do you power down at the end of the week to make sure you enjoy your weekend?
  81. What's the perfect temperature setting for the office thermostat?
  82. What's your favorite figure of speech?
  83. Which do you prefer: hot weather or cold weather? Why is that?
  84. When looking for something at the store, do you ask someone or try to find it yourself?
  85. What’s your favorite food these days? How often do you get to enjoy it?
  86. How does your daily routine change from weekday to weekend?
  87. Would you rather improve in an area you already know or learn something new and unfamiliar?
  88. What’s a recent life event you celebrated? How did you mark the occasion?
  89. What’s a memorable celebration you’ve been a part of? What sticks with you?
  90. What’s your favorite food to celebrate with?
  91. What’s a distraction that’s always welcome?
  92. Which would you rather magically gain: an extra hour each day or an extra day each month?
  93. As a child, were there any household chores that you enjoyed?
  94. If you could invent a Rube Goldberg machine to automate any task, what would it be?
  95. What’s your favorite style of hat or other fashion accessory?
  96. What’s a favorite activity outside of work that leaves you feeling energized?
  97. What’s a topic of conversation that you could go on about all day?
  98. If you could wake up tomorrow with the ability to play any musical instrument, which one would it be?
  99. You need to contact customer support: Do you use chat or the phone?
  100. When ordering food, how do you like your eggs prepared?
  101. If you could create and bestow a new award in your workplace, what would it be?
  102. What’s your earliest memory of using social media software?
  103. How has your use of social media changed over time?
  104. What’s something fun that you learned online recently?
  105. What’s a memorable moment that stands out from a past trip?
  106. What do you look forward to when a trip is over?
  107. Is there a band or musician that you would recommend other people check out?
  108. If you could attend any concert for any artist, past or present, what would you choose?
  109. What’s one embarrassing thing that’s happened to you since working here?
  110. What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you while working here?
  111. What’s your current state of mind?
  112. What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
  113. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  114. What would other people say you’re exceptionally good at? Why?
  115. What do you value most in a friendship?
  116. How do you feel about small talk?
  117. What’s your favorite charitable or non-profit organization? Why?
  118. What’s one thing you’ve learned from reading lately?
  119. What fun topic could you give a short presentation about with no preparation?
  120. How do you feel about public speaking? Love it? Hate it? Both?
  121. Where, outside of work, do you get your best ideas?
  122. Have you ever had a helpful deadline? What made it helpful?
  123. Do you have any routines you use to improve your energy and focus?
  124. Who is a good listener on your team? What makes them good at it?
  125. Who was your favorite teacher? What made them special?
  126. What did you get into the most trouble for as a kid?
  127. When looking back at your youth, what was your silliest fear?
  128. If you had an extra day to focus uninterrupted on any project, what would you work on?
  129. What’s a mobile app that you love, but that few people know about?
  130. What’s one thing you don’t like doing, but manage to do anyway?
  131. What’s one TV show you think your whole team should watch? Why?
  132. What's one internet meme or cultural phenomenon that baffles you?
  133. Is there any part of your daily routine that you’d like to change? Why?
  134. Do you have a memorable project from childhood? What did you make?
  135. Is there something in work or life that you’d like to celebrate more? What gets in the way?
  136. When a household chore is difficult or unpleasant, how do you manage to get it done?
  137. When you’re feeling unmotivated, what do you do to recharge?
  138. You're in charge of the office speakers for your team for the day. What do you play?
  139. How has your personality changed over the past five years?
  140. What’s something that someone taught you which has stuck with you?
  141. Is there anything that you’d like to change about how you use social media? Why?
  142. If you magically had all the time you needed to write a book, what would you write?
  143. Which musician or band is a guilty pleasure for you?
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Introduction Icebreaker Questions for Work 👋🏽

  1. For those that might not know, what’s your role here?
  2. What were you doing before working here?
  3. How did you find your way to your current career? What was your journey?
  4. What are the 3 words that you think a teammate would use to describe you?
  5. What’s a physical aspect of your office or workspace that you like? Why?
  6. What’s something that you find indispensable for an effective office or workspace?
  7. What do you like to do for fun?
  8. What are some hobbies or activities you do outside of work?
  9. Do you like to get up early, or stay up late? Has this ever been challenging?
  10. Do you consider yourself an introvert, an extrovert or both? Why?
  11. What languages do you speak? How did you learn to speak them?
  12. What helps you wake up: coffee, tea, or something else?
  13. What food do you hate the most?
  14. What musical instruments have you played, either now or in the past?
  15. What are two things you’re passionate about outside of work?
  16. What topic would you enjoy teaching others about?
  17. Did you have a favorite class in school? What was it?
  18. Do you find it easy to switch tasks quickly? Why or why not?
  19. Have you traveled anywhere recently? Where did you go?
  20. What type of book do you most enjoy reading? Why is that?
  21. Name 3 things that you and your team have in common.
  22. What fictitious character best represents you and why?

Teamwork Icebreaker Questions ❄️ 🧊

  1. Have you ever taken on a role you don’t normally do? What did you learn?
  2. If you could take on any role at your company for a month, which one would you choose?
  3. Do you find it easy to switch tasks quickly? Why or why not?
  4. Which gives you more energy: starting big projects or finishing up all the details? Why?
  5. Do you prefer collaborating with a group or moving a project forward on your own?
  6. How would you rather start a meeting: Get to business, or get to know each other?
  7. What would be helpful for your teammates to know about the way you communicate?
  8. Would you rather work on one project for a few weeks or push several projects forward?
  9. Are there times when you find it difficult to ask for help with your own work?
  10. After a job well done, do prefer public or one-on-one recognition?
  11. Do you prefer to be recognized for your work individually or as part of a collective group?
  12. What’s one pet peeve you have about the way other people communicate with you?
  13. How would you describe your communication style in 3 words?
  14. Name 3 things that you and your team have in common.
  15. What fictitious character best represents you and why?
  16. Which gives you more energy: starting big projects or finishing up all the details? Why?
  17. Do you prefer collaborating with a group or moving a project forward on your own?
  18. What’s one thing that could work better on your team?
  19. What things make it harder or easier for a group to feel like a team?
  20. When people have different opinions on the team, what happens?
  21. What was the last team decision that felt like it took too long? Why did it take so long?
  22. What’s one misunderstanding that’s happened on your team recently? How was it resolved?
  23. How could we make this team feel like more like a team?
  24. Think about the last mistake you made at work. What happened? What did you learn?
  25. What would make you feel safer when taking calculated risks at work?
  26. What distractions prevent you from doing your best work?
  27. If you had to skip one recurring meeting, which meeting would you skip? Why?
  28. How do you overcome frustration at work?
  29. Do you encounter any difficult chores as part of your job? What would make them easier?
  30. When was the last time you struggled to get motivated to work on something?
  31. Think about a recent time when your workload felt especially high. How did you manage it?
  32. What’s something you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of?
  33. What would you do at work if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  34. Are there any productivity habits that you wish you could get into?
  35. What could you change to give yourself more uninterrupted time to focus?
  36. What’s one project that you could stop doing to give yourself more focus?
  37. How does your outlook on the world affect your approach to work?
  38. How do you like be thanked at work? In public or private?
  39. What’s one deadline that you almost missed?
  40. When do deadlines create more problems than they solve?
  41. How has mentorship affected you throughout your career?
  42. Is there any topic lately that you would like to be mentored on?
  43. Think of the last meaningful thank you that you received. What was it?
  44. When is it difficult for you to listen to others?
  45. Think of a time when feedback was NOT helpful to you. What went wrong?
  46. What’s a fear that sometimes gets in your way?
  47. Imagine you’ve just had a difficult interaction with a colleague. How do you regain focus?
  48. When was the last time you had a small misunderstanding? What happened?
  49. Imagine that communication totally breaks down between you and someone else. How is it likely to happen?
  50. How does your particular communication style affect the people around you?
  51. What’s your meeting load like recently? Too many? Too few? Just right?
  52. What meeting do you benefit the most from attending?
  53. What part of your job are you most passionate about?
  54. What’s one thing you’re grateful for at work?
  55. Have you ever been derailed by distractions at work? What did you do about it?
  56. How do you decide what to work on each day? Do you have any strategies for staying on-track?

Reflection Icebreaker Questions for Work 🪩

  1. What’s your favorite meeting at work? Why?
  2. What’s one small moment of success you experienced recently?
  3. What recent team accomplishment brings you the most joy? Why?
  4. What’s your superpower? How do you use it at work?
  5. Imagine an ideal day at work. How do you spend it? What happens?
  6. When was the last time you were so into your work that time flew by?
  7. What’s something at work that you always look forward to doing?
  8. What’s something you learned this week?
  9. What’s your workload like this week?
  10. What excited you most when joining this team?
  11. What is the best team experience of your career? What made it so great?
  12. How do you like to work: deep focused time, or quickly switching contexts?
  13. What makes a workplace presentation or conference talk compelling to you?
  14. What’s one skill that you’ve improved in the last year? How did you do it?
  15. What’s working particularly well on your team right now?
  16. What’s one time where a team took a risk, and it paid off?
  17. Who has helped make your job easier recently? What did they do?
  18. How might we learn from each other more often?
  19. What are some things we could do to celebrate success more often?
  20. What book would benefit your team if you read it together?
  21. When was the last time you asked a teammate for help? What happened?
  22. What’s one thing you’ve learned from your team? What does it mean to you?
  23. How would teammates describe your communication style?
  24. How would you describe how work felt this month, using only phrases from a weather forecast?
  25. What’s one thing you’ve learned in the past month?
  26. How do you get feedback on your own work? What questions do you ask?
  27. What’s a piece of useful feedback you’ve received from a teammate?
  28. What’s a part of your job that you particularly enjoy?
  29. What things do you find get in the way of sharing what you’ve learned with others?
  30. How much does your workload change from week to week? How do you feel about that?
  31. What professional skills would you like to develop next?
  32. Who in the company would you like to learn from? What would you like to learn?
  33. If you could complete one work-related task with a wave of your hand, what task would you choose?
  34. If you could change one aspect of your office or workspace, what would it be?
  35. Do you find it easier to say yes to projects, or no to projects? Why’s that?
  36. When you need to say no to a project, what are some techniques you use?
  37. When you find that part of a project is unpleasant, how do you manage to keep going?
  38. How do you mentally step away from work at the end of the day?
  39. When do you find it hardest to stop thinking about work?
  40. Think about yourself one year ago. What’s one thing that’s changed since then?
  41. Think of a recent time when you felt amazing. What made you feel that way?
  42. What is one thing in your life that feels stressful right now?
  43. Who inspired you this week? Why?
  44. When does it feel easy for you to be a good listener?
  45. Think of a time when feedback felt like a gift. Why did it feel that way?
  46. When you give feedback, how do you make sure it’s received as helpful?
  47. Who has made a positive difference in your life recently?
  48. What’s a healthy fear that drives you and makes you more effective?
  49. Who has been an influential mentor to you?
  50. Has there been a day when your daily routine was thrown off recently? How did you adapt?
  51. What’s a common distraction that you’ve found yourself dealing with lately?
  52. What’s something you know about yourself that you think others tend to miss?
  53. Think of a recent time that you struggled to get through a book. What made it challenging?
  54. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? Why was it helpful?
  55. What’s a time when you should have asked for help sooner but waited? Is there anything that might have made it easier for you to ask?
  56. What’s an area of your life on which you wish you were spending more time?
  57. Think of the last time you initiated a difficult conversation. What did you do to make it easier?
  58. When was the last time you committed to too many things? What did you do about it?
  59. How has your mood changed over the past week?

Deep Icebreaker Questions For Work 😸

  1. When in your career have you felt the most purpose in your work?
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  3. Where do you imagine yourself 5 years from now?
  4. What does leadership mean to you?
  5. How do you recognize when you’re stressed?
  6. How do you tend to see the world? Always sunny? Always stormy? Something else?
  7. What would you rather hear first, good news or bad news?
  8. What character trait are you thankful that you possess?
  9. When times are tough, who or what reminds you that life is good?
  10. What’s one strange thing you used to believe as a child?
  11. What’s one childhood rule that was enforced by those who raised you?
  12. Do you tend to think out loud, or wait till you know just what to say?
  13. What does communication style mean to you?
  14. Do you tend to stay calm and cool, or get easily excited?
  15. How long does it take you to warm up to a new group of people?
  16. What’s a rule that you think is important? What’s a rule you think is overrated?
  17. What’s the best no you’ve ever received from someone else?
  18. What’s the best thing you’ve ever said no to?
  19. When do you feel you’re at your best in the eyes of others?
  20. Have you ever taken a personality test? What did you learn?
  21. Have you experienced a challenging moment during a past trip? What happened?
  22. What are you excited about this week? What are you worried about?

Quick tips for better meetings at work 🚀

Good icebreaker questions aren't the only thing to a great meeting. Here are tips for more meaningful conversations especially for a remote team.

  • Set expectations with team members before you meet: Share a meeting agenda and pre-read ahead of time so folks can come prepared for an informed discussion; make sure all attendees understand the purpose of the meeting and their role in it
  • Start with introductions and an icebreaker question: Introductions help people feel comfortable around each other and, in turn, can lead to a more meaningful discussion where everyone feels safe chiming in.
  • Keep it conversational: Use language and terminology that everyone in the room understands. Especially on cross-functional teams or teams with new folks—avoid using jargon that might exclude or discourage anyone from engaging in the meeting or team building.
  • Smooth out the kinks: Stress test your team meeting for common pain points —like running over time or always churning on the same topics—which are often the reason folks check out or become disengaged in the first place. Be aware of Zoom fatigue on virtual meetings.
  • Facilitate proactively: Meeting facilitation takes practice—and virtual facilitation requires new skills on top of that. Here's a meeting cheat sheet to help guide the conversation.

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