I've found lots of guidance on first meetings with a new employee joining the company/team, but what if the team is already at the company and I'm the new guy (haven't even started yet)? I have 2 specific questions:
1) In my first meetings with my directs, I want to get to know them a bit (i.e. family, hobbies etc.) but I don't want to seem invasive or if some may find it weird or inappropriate. Are there ways to introduce this such that they know I want to get to know them, but that they can decide what/when to share? It seems getting to know them naturally will take a long, long time, especially with everyone working remotely for at least several more months and even after we'll be primarily remote.
2) Is it approproate to do this as a group so they all get to know each other better? Mine is a new team being formed of existing employees. Some of them have been at the company for years, but they may not know each other, and at least one just joined the company a few months ago during remote work, so he probably knows nothing about the others and vice-versa. It might be good to give everyone a chance to get to know each other, but again I don't want it to seem invasive or inappropriate.