Many of us rarely get to know our fellow employees on a personal level. In most office environments we don’t know what our fellow employee’s favorite food is.
Working in an environment where employees know one another and are happy to see each other can really effect how workers work.
According to a national Gallup poll, employees who have friends at work are happier and work harder at work.
Peter Roper, Google’s head of mobile brand strategy is an executive who likes to break the ice so his employees get to know each other faster.
He asks his employees fun questions like, 1. “What’s on your bucket list?” 2. “What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?” and 3. “What’s your favorite color?”
Roper will ask these questions occasionally at team meetings in order to get employees to start talking on a more personal level. This can then lead to employees making better connections with one another.
Roper spoke with CNBC at the Millennial 20/20 conference about his questions. He said, “It provides you a unique opportunity to understand what someone’s passionate about. It really helps everyone get to know each other better.”
According to Roper, besides making office meetings, which can be notoriously boring, more fun, the ice-breaker questions leave people feeling a bit happier.
“Our most productive people and productive employees are those that are happy,” he says, “happy and challenged and feel that the work matters.”
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