200+ Icebreaker Questions for Work (Free PDF)

We understand. You've been working from home for months now, and you need to find out if you're the only one still wearing pants every day but don’t know-how. Whether your team building or getting to know your team, you’ll appreciate these icebreaker questions—regardless of an in-person or virtual workplace.

Written by Ed Moss on July 2, 2020

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Your team at work is often your family away from home. They understand your hardships. Your workplace efforts. The incredible achievements you’ve made. But they still don’t really know you, the “non-workplace you”.

There’s a lot that doesn’t get shared in the average workplace environment, mostly because it’s not a topic of discussion relevant to work-related tasks or projects. However, meetings can get boring, and luckily, it’s not too difficult to make them a bit more entertaining and insightful.

Whether it’s meeting with your teammates or those folks in Sales who never come down to your floor—starting a meeting with an icebreaker question can actually make it memorable. Imagine that. A meeting that’s worth remembering.

Why? Because getting to know your teammate’s interests and backgrounds makes it easier to find things in common which helps your working relationship, especially when collaborating.

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  1. Are you more likely to get sucked into a social media rabbit hole when you work from home?
  2. Are you more productive in a home office, at the kitchen table, from bed?
  3. Are you more productive in the morning or at night?
  4. Assuming you have an office with a view, what would you want the view to be of?
  5. Are you wearing pants during this meeting?
  6. How often do you work from your bed?
  7. Best professional development book you’ve ever read?
  8. Choose two-coworkers you’d want on your team during a zombie apocalypse.
  9. Describe your team in one word.
  10. Describe Your Worst Date Ever.
  11. Do you enjoy working from home or would you rather be in the office?
  12. Do you have a dedicated office space at home?
  13. Do you have any Christmas holiday travel plans?
  14. Do you have any Christmas traditions?
  15. Do you have any pet peeves?
  16. Do you have any pets in your office?
  17. Do you have any short term goals? What are you looking to achieve within the next year?
  18. Do you like working from your house or prefer to go to coffee shops/co-working spaces?
  19. Do you prefer team or individual sports?
  20. Do you prefer to avoid or confront conflict?
  21. Do you prefer to receive recognition in public or private?
  22. Do you prefer to work in an office or from home?
  23. Do you prefer wine or beer?
  24. Do you support any charities?
  25. Do you take notes or jot down ideas online or with a pen and paper?
  26. Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours?
  27. Do you watch Netflix shows? What's your favorite?
  28. Do you work better at home with background noise? Is the TV on? Radio?
  29. Do you work better in the morning or at night?
  30. How do you stay productive and motivated working virtually?
  31. How many books did you read last year?
  32. How many cups of coffee or tea do you have every day?
  33. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  34. How many states have you been to?
  35. How much money would it take for you to give up your smartphone for a month?
  36. How often do you work in PJs?
  37. How would you spend your money if you won the lottery?
  38. If you are to learn any new skill that is not related to work, what would it be?
  39. If you could add anything to the office what would it be?
  40. 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?
  41. If you could collect anything, what would it be?
  42. If you could do anything in the world as your career, what would you do?
  43. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  44. If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
  45. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be and why?
  46. If you could give some advice to beginners in your work area, what would it be?
  47. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
  48. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
  49. If you could have any unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
  50. If you could have the power of teleportation right now, where would you go and why?
  51. If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
  52. If you could instantly learn any skill, what would it be?
  53. If you could learn one new professional skill, what would it be?
  54. If you could live any historical figure’s life, which one would you choose?
  55. If you could live in any country, where would you live?
  56. If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
  57. If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be?
  58. If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?
  59. If you could only eat at one restaurant forever, what restaurant would it be?
  60. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick?
  61. If you could only wear one type of shoes for the rest of your life, what type of shoes would it be?
  62. If you could read one book over and over for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  63. If you could get rid of one thing in the world, what would it be?
  64. If you could see one movie again for the first time, what would it be and why?
  65. If you could start any business in the world, what would you start?
  66. If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?
  67. If you could write a book, what genre would you write it in?
  68. If you had a boat, what would you name it?
  69. If you had a paid year off work, how would you spend it?
  70. If you had lots of money, what unnecessary thing would you splurge on?
  71. If you had one opportunity to run a restaurant, what would you serve?
  72. If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?
  73. If you had to endorse a brand, which brand would it be?
  74. If you had to move to another country, where would you move?
  75. If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?
  76. If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
  77. In high school did you receive a superlative?
  78. Is a hot dog a sandwich?
  79. Is there a dish you cook exceptionally well?
  80. Is there a habit you want to change?
  81. Mountain or beach, which one would you prefer for vacation?
  82. Pancakes or waffles?
  83. Pick something from your pocket/purse and tell us why that thing is inside there.
  84. Popcorn or M&Ms?
  85. Pull out your phone; what’s your most used emoji?
  86. Show us the weirdest thing you have in the room with you right now.
  87. Show us your cell phone wallpaper. Is there a story behind it?
  88. Show us your most-used emoji.
  89. Show us your office space!
  90. Steve Urkel or Kimmy Gibler?
  91. Teleportation or flying?
  92. Tell us about something you use to believe earlier in your career, but you now think about it differently.
  93. Tell us about the last time you got angry with a co-worker. What was the cause?
  94. Tell us about your very first job.
  95. Tell us five things you always carry in your backpack!
  96. Tell us the bravest thing you've done in your life?
  97. The Beach Boys or The Beatles?
  98. What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  99. Train or plane?
  100. What about showers? Do you prefer morning or night?
  101. What afterschool activity did you quit as a kid, and why?
  102. What are you doing next weekend?
  103. What are you drinking right now? If nothing, what was the last thing you drank?
  104. What are you the biggest fan of?
  105. What are your top 3 favorite foods?
  106. What are your special skills you would like to apply at the workplace?
  107. What are your top 3 most hated foods?
  108. What are your top three favorite phone apps?
  109. What band would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?
  110. What blog or website are you embarrassed to admit you love?
  111. What board game are you unbeatable at?
  112. What celebrities share your birthday?
  113. What celebrity do most people say you look like?
  114. What college did you attend?
  115. What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?
  116. What did you study in college?
  117. What do you enjoy most about your job?
  118. What do you never leave the house without (can’t be your phone, keys or wallet)?
  119. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime?
  120. What does your morning routine look like when working from home?
  121. What does your typical work from home uniform look like?
  122. What fashion trend would you bring back?
  123. What food could you not live without?
  124. What food will you never eat?
  125. What fruit or vegetable would you most want to be?
  126. What has been the best team building event you have been to?
  127. What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career?
  128. What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
  129. What is something you do that you don’t like to do?
  130. What is something you would like to learn?
  131. What is something you've done that nobdoy would expect?
  132. What is the best concert you have ever been to?
  133. What is the best hotel or Airbnb you have ever stayed at?
  134. What is the best TV show of all time?
  135. What is the farthest distance you have driven?
  136. What is the greatest lesson you learned from your parents?
  137. What is the last show you binge-watched?
  138. What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
  139. What is your absolute dream job?
  140. What is your favorite dessert?
  141. What is your favorite item you’ve bought this year?
  142. What is your favorite meal to cook and why?
  143. What is your favorite scent?
  144. What is your favorite television network?
  145. What is your favorite way to unwind?
  146. What is your favorite work lunch?
  147. What is your favorite app?
  148. What is your favorite baked good?
  149. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
  150. What is your favourite store?
  151. What is your preferred music genre?
  152. What is your role in the company?
  153. What is your Starbucks Order?
  154. What part of elementary school do you wish you could incorporate into your adult life? (i.e. naptime)
  155. What piece of clothing best describes you?
  156. What sort of physical exercise do you enjoy?
  157. What was the country you last visited outside of United States?
  158. What was the first record you ever bought?
  159. What was the hardest class you ever took?
  160. What was the last movie you attended?
  161. What was the last thing you ate?
  162. What was your favorite childhood video game you played?
  163. What was your favorite class in college?
  164. What was your first job?
  165. What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now?
  166. What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?
  167. What would you like to be known for?
  168. What would be the absolutely must-have-thing in your dream house?
  169. What's the most difficult thing you've ever done?
  170. What's your best sport or fitness activity?
  171. What's your favorite music band a decade ago?
  172. What’s a weird fact you happen to know?
  173. What’s one skill you have that helps you be successful working remotely?
  174. What’s something that everyone else seems to love—that you don’t understand?
  175. What’s the best thing you’ve bought so far this year?
  176. What’s the hardest part about working from home?
  177. What’s the longest flight you’ve ever taken?
  178. What’s the most random thing in your purse/wallet?
  179. What’s your favorite part of working from home?
  180. What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled?
  181. What’s your favorite sports team?
  182. What’s your favorite type of sandwich?
  183. What’s your first memory as a child?
  184. What’s your number one tip for combating distractions when working from home?
  185. What’s your real favorite book, and what book do you pretend is your favorite to sound smart?
  186. When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
  187. Where did you grow up?
  188. Where do you picture yourself five years from now?
  189. Where do you prefer to live - city or countryside?
  190. Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?
  191. Where were you born?
  192. Where would you love to go for a relaxing holiday?
  193. Which of your skills do you feel are being underutilized at work?
  194. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
  195. Who was your role model as a kid and why?
  196. Would you rather be able to talk to animals or fluently speak all foreign languages?
  197. Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room?
  198. Would you rather be without internet or your phone for a whole week?
  199. Would you rather have an appetizer or dessert?
  200. Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
  201. Would you rather live somewhere it’s always hot or somewhere it’s always cold?
  202. Would you rather medal in the Olympics or win a Pulitzer Prize?
  203. Would you rather watch TV or read a book?
  204. Would you rather work from home or work in an office or do you like the idea of a combo of both?
  205. You can only eat one food again for the rest of your life. What is it?

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