October 29, 2008

Ice Breakers That Help People Meet and Greet - Part I

By Susan M. Heathfield

At company or department meetings, to help attendees get to know coworkers outside of their immediate work group, this ice breaker, or any variation, works well.

Sweet Greet Meeting Icebreaker

In advance of the meeting, purchase candy bars for each attendee. Buy the number of varieties necessary for dividing attendees across the desired number of groups or tables. As an example, if you want five employees in each small group, purchase five Snickers bars, five Baby Ruths, and so forth. Place all of the candy bars in a bag and ask employees to draw a candy bar as they enter the meeting.

You have also either labeled the tables with the candy bar name or placed an additional candy bar on the table in advance so employees know where to sit. Instruct attendees that they are to sit with the people who drew the same candy bar. (Warn employees not to eat the candy bar on the table or people will not know how to find their group.)

Because this is such a fun approach to helping employees get to know each other, you can simply ask people to introduce themselves at their assigned table. If you want to be more elaborate, you can develop a series of questions for people to answer.

Sample questions or discussion points to use might include:
• Describe how and when you came to work at this company.
• Share your biggest current challenge you are experiencing at work.
• Share two things about yourself that you think no one at the table may know.
• Describe a positive customer interaction you have experienced.
• Tell your coworkers something you appreciate about your company.

Source: http://humanresources.about.com/

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