A collective eye-roll usually gets triggered whenever the words team building get mentioned. Well, fear no more, because Team Building Trivia (aka People Trivia) is an awesome exercise that helps with building collaboration, improving workplace communication and does not feel like another task at your job!
As you all know, happy and engaged employees are 12% more productive and have improved health. People with 3 close friends at work are 96% more likely to be satisfied with their lives as well – not just satisfied with their work, satisfied with their lives!! So, running a Team Building Trivia event will help many aspects of your employees lives!
Team Building Trivia – How it Works
With Team Building Trivia (ie People Trivia), the name says it all: it’s trivia about the people in your organization and it provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about your fellow coworkers.
The setup for People Trivia is easy: a month leading up to an organizational event, send out an email or survey asking people to share something about themselves that most people at work don’t know. You’ll then collect and compile the information and put it into a quiz-form and share it at the meeting.
If the meeting or team is remote, you can take advantage of online polling to interactively engage your audience and let them guess which fellow co-worker is an avid skydiver. If it is in-person, a simple PowerPoint and some in-room discussion can make the presentation more interactive.
Team Building Trivia Questions
The questions you ask can be nearly anything, however this is a perfect opportunity to find out more about your fellow employees than the typical business specifics.
Some example questions that can help you strengthen relationships in your team include:
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What is one thing your co-workers wouldn’t normally know about you?
- What was your most memorable moment of high school (or college)?
- What is one story that you used to feel embarrassed about but can laugh about now?
- What is something you are very proud of?
You can ask everyone the same questions or switch it up for different people–the key is that you are learning about each other as people, not just co-workers.
For more great questions, check out 50 Questions to Get to Know Someone.
Team Building Presentation
How you present the information is up to you. You can simply share it as “Did you know?” or make it into a team-building game of multiple choice, such as:
Which of your fellow employees used to be a child model:
A) Drew Tarvin
B) Bugs Bunny
C) Jerry Seinfeld
D) Benjamin Franklin
That’s it! Team Building Trivia questions are a great way to build trust and encourage communication among team members. They’ll be learning about each other, having fun, and building an effective team. What’s not to love?
We love this particular exercise because it’s not limited to a physical environment. If you would like more ideas for team building, checkout our articles on Team Building Activities that are not Awful and Virtual Team Building Activities for Online Teams.
Got your own team building idea or great personal trivia question? Leave it in the comments.