Escape Rooms are the quintessential team building experience. In effect, they are team-based, results driven, communication oriented, sharing experiences. As well, they are truly fun and exciting, so players can unwind, interact, and be eager to engage. Team building with escape rooms has become an extremely popular choice, for many strong reasons. Some of the specific reasons escape rooms are an exceptional team building activity are detailed below:
Escape rooms do not feel like work, they do not feel like a chore. On the contrary, they are fun and exciting. More, they are an escape from the grind that still pulls results. A genuine have your cake and eat it too situation exists here. Granted, not all escape room experiences are created equal. So, due diligence should be done for best results. For example, reviews, themes, and reliable providers should be researched. Great escape room experiences are out there for team building greatness.
You win as a team; You lose as a team. Now, that’s item one, the basics. However, there’s more to it. Every puzzle is a notch in the game, demonstrating the team’s progression. This means, every solve can be measured as a win, every unfinished puzzle, a loss. Every solve is a “block tower”. For example, are players arguing or communicating? Sometimes, these things can sound the same, but the (key) difference is whether the words exchanged are “building blocks”. Puzzles can be broken down into the following building blocks:
- Introduction: What needs to be solved?
- Deduction: What is available to solve it?
- Communication: How do we use the clues?
- Execution: Test the hypothesis. Try to solve.
- Evaluation: Did it work, or do we need to try again with different blocks?
Escape rooms are an active experience. So, players are challenged to bring things to the table, to speak up, to cooperative, and showcase their unique skills. This way, there can grow a harmony within the group. Each experience is challenging. Now, the challenge fosters a palpable synergy and a clear sense of contribution. (For example, ‘Player A’ gets stuck on a puzzle. This creates an opportunity for ‘Player B’ to bring progress forward with a different strength.) So, contributions are tangible, showcasing capability, reliability, and trust. After the game, this carries forward into the office. Staff will never forget the skills (logic, perception, memory, dexterity, spacial awareness, etc.) that were demonstrated in the game.
Escape rooms are about exciting fun and cooperating as a group. The collective group is responsible for success. Players have an opportunity to demonstrate unique skills. Successful escape room groups play together, often, and develop as a team. This carries forward, outside the game, into everyday life. Group harmony becomes palpable, shown through self esteem and shorthand. Groups experiencing the joyous glow of a great win is remarkable to witness. From bonding through wins and growing through losses, positive memories are forged that pay huge dividends.