The Value of Getting to Know Your Staff

Posted November 5, 2015


In one particularly great INC blog article, Shelley Prevost proposes a valuable task – getting to know your staff. It’s particularly revealing to learn more about team members. By embracing their differences, you allow your team a better chance at working well together and becoming a cohesive collaboration.

During a team building activity in the workplace, take time for a Q&A session with your team members. Ask them revealing questions that may lead to deeper connections overall.

Here are some questions you can ask your team:

  1. What is one job you always wanted to have?
  2. What do you want more in terms of your career?
  3. If you knew you had a month to live, would you change anything about how you’re livng now?
  4. Describe your biggest failure in the workplace.
  5. What is one word that you can use to describe your childhood?
  6. How do you recharge during your off time?
  7. What person would you tell thank you for inspiring you to be the person you are and why?
  8. What is one thing that you want someone to say about you in your elegy?
  9. What character do you most identify with (movies, books, etc.)?
  10. When do you feel the most happy?
  11. If you really knew who I was, you would know that….
  12. If you were to start your own company, what values would you build that company on? What type of company would it be?
  13. What quality do you possess that you would hate to see in your children or the people you work with?
  14. What is one thing you would regret not doing by the time you die?
  15. What personality trait do you value most in others?
  16. What is one memory you treasure?
  17. What type of impact do you think you have on your team?

Ultimately these icebreaker questions allow a team to grow closer together and learn valuable lessons that could help them build together.