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8 office icebreakers that won’t make you cringe

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A colleague recently shared what might be the most gauche icebreaker I’ve heard. “I was just at a business dinner where they asked who your first kiss was,” she said. “Why someone thought that was a good idea is completely beyond me.”

We’ve all been on the receiving end of icebreakers that feel designed to embarrass and drum up awkward laughs. I, for one, turn red at the mere mention of an icebreaker activity, whether or not I’m on the receiving end.

But even I must admit that they have a time and a place. When you’re welcoming a new team member—especially if they’re a remote employee—hosting a company retreat, or kicking off a company-wide meeting, icebreakers can help build rapport and encourage communication.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of questions and activities that won’t alienate anyone, and might even spark a good conversation:

When you’re introducing a new employee, you may want to supplement a rundown of their work history with questions that........

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