Getting a meeting started can be challenging, especially if the meeting attendees are just being introduced for the first time. Icebreakers are a great way to lighten the mood, spark conversation, and break down barriers between new team members. Consider these easy, but unique staff meeting icebreakers to use during your next Monday morning meeting.
Number of people: Minimum of eight people
Required supplies: A spacious room
Divide the room into four sections (for example, against each wall). Each round of the game, the leader will designate a category to a section. Throughout the game, the leader will read different categories and the participants will move to the category section that best describes them. Get creative! Category examples include: favorite season, favorite genre of music, commute methods, favorite desserts, etc.
Once everyone has moved, the category group has to find another commonality they share within that category (for example, everyone whose favorite season is summer has all tried surfing before). Once each group has shared, you switch the categories and reassign a category to a corner of the room once again.
Four corners is a great way to get people moving around and discussing interests with their coworkers.
Number of people: Minimum of six people
Required supplies: Inflatable beach ball, permanent marker pen
The leader of the game has to write a variety of questions on the beach ball. The ball should basically be covered in questions, varying from “favorite flavor of ice cream” to “where is your favorite place that you’ve travelled” or “if you could bring 3 people on a desert island with you who would you bring and why?”
The participants will begin tossing the ball around. Once caught, the person has to introduce themselves and answer the question his/her right thumb is touching. Then, they have to toss the ball to someone else and the game continues until everyone has answered a question.
This game is a fun way for everyone to get to know each other and get comfortable with one another.
Number of people: Minimum 4 people
Required supplies: None
This is a classic, straightforward game.
Ask everyone sit around in a circle. Each participant has to come up with three statements to tell the group – two of which are the truth, one of which is a lie. The group (or person to the left) has to decide which statement is the lie.
This game is another fun, low-pressure way to get people to talk about themselves and their experiences.
Number of people: Minimum eight people
Required supplies: Chairs, four different objects
Place four objects in front of two teams. The leader then reads multiple scenarios, and each group needs to be able to solve together using all four objects. The different situations can be work related, or more fun, like “a duck is chasing you!” or “the floor around you is turning into ice!” At the end, each group has to tell a story of how they would resolve the situation by incorporating all four objects.
This game is a fun way to inspire creativity before an upcoming meeting.
Number of people: Minimum 6 people
Required supplies: Paper to create clues
A scavenger hunt is a great way to encourage problem-solving and teamwork. You can do it in the office if you have the space and availability, or even outside around town if possible.
Break everyone into teams, and start with a riddle. Each clue should direct each team to where the next clue is hidden, and so on. This continues until the last item is found. Make sure there’s a prize so that each team has an incentive to win!
Number of people: Minimum 8 people
Required supplies: Paper
Split participants into groups (it doesn’t really matter the size, but too big of a group can be more difficult.) Give each group a piece of paper where they have to write down ten things that they all have in common. This can’t include anything too general (like being a human, or having a pair of sneakers), but more specific similarities (like eye color, favorite TV shows, favorite food, hobbies, etc).
This is a simple and quick activity that helps co-workers get to know each other and their unknown similarities
Number of people: Minimum 10 people
Required supplies: None
Basically, participants play an ongoing, big game of rock, paper, scissors. You start playing against one person – best out of three. you win, you continue playing other people who won. If you lose, you have to follow the person who beat. You are now their cheerleaders as they now play against other people. Once they lose, you follow whoever beat them, and so on.
The game continues until there are only two winners left, who then play against each other. Whoever wins out of those two is the champion.
This is a great way to get everyone awake and moving around, as well as interacting with one another about something that isn’t work-related. The entire game is fun, whether playing or just watching!