Escape room games, sometimes called escape the room games, started out in Asia before quickly spreading to western Europe. They are now becoming more and more common in the U.S. as a weekend diversion for families and friends. But at the same time, companies are realizing their value as team building activities that encourage employees to collaborate in ways they may have never been asked before. Below are 10 reasons why escape rooms are so well-suited for employee corporate team building.
1. Good Way To Have Fun And Be Challenged At The Same Time
For one hour, employees get to “escape” from the stresses of work while having some laughs and working together toward a common goal. At an escape room like Perplexity Games in Cleveland Ohio, time is being booked by area companies during the week as an opportunity for their employees to get out of the office for a couple of hours. It’s a welcome diversion where they can have a good time and maybe some lunch and have a lot to talk about the next morning.
2. No Special Abilities Are Needed
Escape rooms don’t require any special skills from your employees. They need only bring an open mind and a willingness to work with each other toward a common goal.
3. Everyone Gets To Participate
With the growing popularity of escape rooms, now employees who may never have had the chance to work with certain other co-workers at the office now get the chance to interact and learn something about that person they may have never realized before.
4. New Leaders Emerging
Good escape rooms are very challenging and need employees with different types of thinking styles to contribute. Employees who are kind of in the background at work may demonstrate leadership abilities to managers at an escape room that the managers never realized they possessed. It may even encourage managers to assign new duties to that employee at work.
5. �Your Team Has Only One Hour To Make Lightning Quick Decisions
Most decisions made at work are arrived at over a long period of time after careful deliberation. Escape rooms force the group to come to a quick consensus about clues and solutions that force them to work together and compromise. If they are successful, how great would they feel about each other?
6. Working Collaboratively in Order to Make a Successful Escape
Even if a team does not make a successful escape they have learned the value of working together for a common goal. Even goals at the office are sometimes never realized. Sometimes the journey is more instructive than reaching the final destination.
7. Promotes Out-Of-The-Box Thinking
In today’s complex work world, creative solutions to problems are needed more than ever. In the escape room, team members need to be creative with out-of-the-box thinking. Creative thinking can be the key that separates the successful teams from the unsuccessful ones. This is a lesson that employees can apply at work also.
8. Instills a Sense of Pride and Accomplishment
How often do we hear about managers who don’t offer praise to employees for a job well done? Sometimes managers get so caught up in getting the job done at the office that they don’t feel like they have the time to pat an employee on the back once in awhile. Because everything happens in the escape room in the space of an hour, managers feel freer with compliments that can go a long way in fostering a sense of pride.
9. Yields Great Team Spirit For A One Hour Investment
Like an employee softball game, there is real opportunity in an escape room for team members to cheer each other on. They may yell and scream and high-five each other where that would never happen were they back at the office. It gives them a real reason to bond with each other in a way they don’t usually have the opportunity to.
10. Weather Is Never An Issue
Many office outings take place outdoors, whether it be a picnic or a softball game. Nothing ruins an office event like lousy weather. Escape rooms are indoors where the weather is always good.
Intrigued? Whether you are ready to plan your next event or just want to know more about escape rooms for team building, give Perplexity Games a call at 216-273-8000.