Data Driven Management 2 minute read

Best team bonding questions by the numbers

We analyzed our data and found the best team bonding questions to ask your team.

Team bonding questions can be one of the fastest ways to build trust on your team. They allow everyone to share stories, laugh together, and get to know each other on a personal level. This kind of social interaction and trust building is particularly difficult for remote or distributed teams. Trust among teammates paves the way for stronger collaboration and communication.

However, getting thoughtful responses requires asking the right questions. So what are the best team bonding questions to ask?

Through the Humble Dot product, managers can shuffle through hundreds of our curated, fun team bonding questions. With more than 200,000 responses, we aggregated the data to find the most effective team bonding questions to ask your team.

Most engaging: These questions received the highest number of kudos and comments

  1. What is the most memorable vacation you’ve taken in the past? 3.36 standard deviations above the mean.
  2. Tell two truths and a lie about yourself. 2.68 standard deviations above the mean.
  3. If you could ask your (or your friend’s) pet one question, what would it be? 2.54 standard deviations above the mean.

Highest positive sentiment: These questions elicited the highest average positive sentiment among their responses

  1. What’s your favorite thing about one of your grandparents? 3.21 standard deviations above the mean.
  2. What’s your favorite activity to do locally and why? 2.83 standard deviations above the mean.
  3. What’s a favorite family memory that has stuck with you into your adult life? Why? 2.50 standard deviations above the mean.
We use Amazon Comprehend Natural Language Processing Service to calculate sentiment.

Highest percent answered: These questions were the least skipped of all of our team bonding questions

  1. Are you a day person or a night person? 1.87 standard deviations above the mean.
  2. If you had to live in a different state, what would it be? 1.77 standard deviations above the mean.
  3. Can you play any instruments? 1.66 standard deviations above the mean.

Asking your team a weekly team bonding question is an easy and effective way to build team camaraderie. But make sure you’re asking your team the right questions.

Have you found any questions that work well for your team? Let us know!

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