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Office Holiday Party. 10 Alternatives

By Susan M. Heathfield

Bolstered by an economy that has made some significant strides over the last few years and healthy corporate profits, a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. shows that more of the nation’s employers are ready to break out their party hats during the holiday season. A new survey shows that not only are companies planning holiday parties this year, but many also expect to increase spending on these employee shindigs.

”In its annual survey on holiday party plans, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that 80 percent of companies are planning to host holiday parties this year. Of these, just over 21 percent are budgeting more for their events.” Fortsätt läsa

15 Team Building Activities for the Workplace

By Susan M. Heathfield

Are you interested in holding team buildingevents in your workplace? You don’t have to spend a lot of money nor do they need to be ostentatious or complicated. You just need to create structured opportunities for employees to mingle. You can offer a team building lunch, a team building meeting, or a team building trip just to start.

You can schedule team building activities in the workplace and in your local community for your employees. They are as simple as getting a team together in a room. Here are 15 team building activities that fit the bill. Fortsätt läsa

How to break ice. Fun Questions for Meetings

By Susan M. Heathfiel

Looking for laughter generating funny ice breakers? Some ice breakers are fun and funny, and their goal is to help your participants enjoy meeting each other. Other times, you might want to tie the ice breaker into the topic of the meeting. However, you have a different purpose when you use fun and funny ice breakers to start out your meeting or team building session.

These ice breakers produce laughter that contributes to a genuinely relaxed meeting environment.

Employees who are laughing together are comfortable interacting with the other employees who are attending the meeting. Their laughter keeps the room alive and feeling warm and interactive—exactly what you expect your fun ice breaker to do.

You can use these questions as funny ice breakers. Your participants will appreciate starting out their meeting with laughter in a comfortable setting. They’ll enjoy the chance to share something about themselves, that is not too personal, in a comfortable, supportive environment.

The best part about these fun ice breakers? You supply the question. Your participants who are naturally funny and communicative provide all of the rest. Their interpersonal communication draws laughter and fun to their discussion and responses to these fun questions.

Use Fun Ice Breakers to Generate Laughter

When recommending ice breakers, it is often suggested that you create an ice breaker that will lead participants into the topic of the meeting or training session.

But, these fun questions are an exception to that rule. They don’t necessarily have to lead your participants into the topic of the training or the meeting.

Sometimes, you just want your ice breaker to generate happy feelings and camaraderie. That’s when you’ll want to use these ice breaker questions.

Here are guidelines on how to facilitate and use these ice breaker questions for your meetings, training sessions, and any other work event where you’d like employees to build camaraderie.

Use these sample fun and funny ice breaker questions for your meetings and your training and team building sessions. You will soon become proficient at dreaming up a fun question on your own.

Fun and Funny Ice Breaker Questions

Here are sample ice breaker questions for you to use in meetings. Your feedback about how they worked is always welcome. Use your imagination to come up with fun questions of your own and see how you can develop your own ice breakers.

  • If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?
  • If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
  • If you could live anywhere on this planet and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live? Tell the group about your choice.
  • What favorite color are you and how does being that color make you feel?
  • If you could choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?
  • If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why?
  • Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day?
  • If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
  • If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
  • If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
  • If you were a city, which city would you choose to be and why?
  • What are your ten favorite foods?
  • If you were a candy bar, which candy bar would you be? Share why.
  • If you were to change your name, what name would you adopt going forward? Why?
  • Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
  • Share a description of your favorite material object that you already own?
  • What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
  • If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?
  • If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be? (Examples: ”Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.” ”Bite off more than you can chew.” ” There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”)
  • Pick something out of your pocket or purse and share with the group why it’s important to you.
  • If you could meet any living person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?
  • If you awoke one day as a flower, what flower would you choose to be?
  • If you could choose one hobby that now seems out of your reach either financially or time-wise, what hobby would you take up and why?
  • Thinking about the architecture of houses, what type of architecture is the best fit for you? What appeals to you about your choice? (Examples include mission, traditional, colonial, modern, classical, Victorian, gothic, Greek revival, and American craftsman.)

Use these questions and ones that you generate yourself by knowing your audience and what will amuse your participants. You can’t go wrong with ice breaker fun questions. You can trust that when you use questions like these, your participants will generate the fun.