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Introducing: Work Preferences Survey in our Icebreakers 🀝

Understand your team’s working styles with our Work Preferences Survey in our Icebreakers, so you can all work better together.

Do you know your team’s work preferences?

How do they prefer to receive feedback? What is their orientation around conflict? What pet peeves they have around others’ working styles?

The answers to these questions aren’t always obvious. And if you do indeed know the answers, it’s usually due to the accumulation of missteps and “oh-I-didn’t-realize-that bothered-you” conversations.

But what if you didn’t have to suffer those blunders? What if you could get an accurate picture of your team members’ proclivities before you start working with them?

Now you can πŸ˜€

Introducing our Work Preferences Survey in Know Your Team – where we ask 23 questions that help everyone in a team understand each other’s working styles. It’s all a part of our Icebreaker tool in Know Your Team, which you can use to onboard new hires remotely.

Here’s how it works…

Every time you hire someone new and add them to Know Your Team, we’ll send off our Icebreakers.

Our Icebreakers ask questions around two areas: (1) “Fun Facts,” 5 – 6 light-hearted questions that help everyone else get to know them…

Fun Facts and the Work Preferences Survey

And (2) “Work Preferences,” 10 – 25 insightful questions that reveal each person’s working style. Some examples of the work preferences questions we include in Know Your Team are:

  • How do you tend to organize your workday?
  • What’s your favorite way to decompress after work?
  • How would you describe your communication style?
  • What do you tend to pick up very quickly, compared to others?
  • What do you tend to have a longer learning curve around, compared to others?

It’ll look something like this…

The prompt to answer the Icebreakers – both the Fun Fact Questions and Work Preferences Survey – are sent via email or Slack, and everyone gets to see each others’ answers to it.

Here’s a peek at an excerpt of my own personal Work Preferences questions in Know Your Team…

Keep in mind that it’s all customizable: You can edit these Work Preferences Questions – or delete or add your own β€“ in Know Your Team at any time…

You’ll now have a living history for each of your team members’ work preferences here Know Your Team that you can reference during your one-on-one meetings going forward…

For the longest time, I’ve always thought that understanding team members’ work preferences has been the most overlooked part of the remote onboarding process.

With our Work Preferences Survey, it’s overlooked no more πŸ’ͺ


Curious to try our Work Preferences Survey with your own team? Sign up for Know Your Team and kick off the Work Preferences Survey in our Icebreakers to benefit from it immediately.

Written by Claire Lew

CEO of Know Your Team. My mission in life is to help people become happier at work. Say hi to me on Twitter at @clairejlew.

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