Mentoring is a great way to achieve your full potential. It is actually a lot of fun. But, the first sessions can be intimidating. In this article we are going to look at three mentoring activities that are used to break the ice. They are lighthearted and fun, and are great when employees who work together and have done for some time really don’t know each other at all.
Mentoring Activities : Fun Facts
To generate instant and easy conversation, gathering of fun facts can be used. This icebreaker involves the mentor interview his mentorees, and vice versa. So, it gives everyone the chance to get to know each other, including the mentor himself. Fun fact questions don’t have to be too personal. You could ask where a person was born, what their first ever job was, what their current role is, and even their favourite food. Ice breaker questions don’t necessarily need to be to do with the company.
You could ask what is on someone’s bucket list, or what the scariest thing they have ever done is. Alternatively, you may ask who a person aspires to be like or their favourite TV character. Although these questions are not work-related, they will allow your colleagues to get to know each other better, find common ground, and set an easier atmosphere for coaching.
Engage in a Joint Activity
Joint mentoring activities are another great way to break the ice. They are another way to discover common ground between people. One of the most common of these is for everyone to read the same book, in the way a book club would. On the next meeting, insights into the text would be shared.
If this sounds a little mundane, or time-wasting, try something different. How about a challenge to your group to engage in a joint activity that no one is familiar with, like trying to eat blindfolded. Eating lunch in the dark is a way to feel what it is like to be visually impaired. After the lunch, you can compare insights into the experience. This experience is also excellent for learning about things that we take for granted that not everyone has.
Visit Each other’s Work Stations
As well as asking everyone in the mentoring group what their current role in the company is, you can visit each other work areas. If the company is large, then many members of staff will never have visited other areas work areas. This allows for colleagues to get to know more about a person, what they actually do, and what their job entails.
Once your employees are more familiar with each other, and feel comfortable with each other, mentoring sessions will work better. If people feel intimidated, then they will never open up, and they will not get the best out of their sessions. When breaking the ice, it is important that the mentor also allows to be scrutinized, so that his mentorees get to know him too.