As people prepare to return to the office, some reacclimating will be required. Colleagues have been apart for months and during that time new team members may have been added. Don’t discount the value of time spent on relationship-building.

Knowing your colleagues often makes work more enjoyable and provides a sense of belonging. People are more likely to go the extra mile for those they know and to give others the benefit of the doubt. Those relationships also create psychological safety, allowing vulnerability and trust to be present which, in turn, can foster creativity and a healthier culture.

Building relationships is much deeper than just breaking the ice, and helping your team know something about each other beyond job titles is a worthwhile investment of time. These 30 prompts can help facilitate those initial conversations. Even if your staff “knows” each other, I’ll venture that you’ll learn even more by using one or two of these questions to open your meetings.

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