”This is SO much better than the obstacle course”
Escape Rooms Show Your Team’s True Colors
Escape rooms are fantastic teambuilding experiences for several reasons, but perhaps the biggest reason is that escape rooms force teamwork and problem-solving as a team, but do so in a fun and thrilling way that your team not only learns how to work better together, but bonds as a team from the pressure, fun, and exhilaration that are part of escape room experiences.
When an escape room begins, your team faces an ongoing and mixed set of problems, puzzles, and challenges. Often, in order to advance through the escape room, different puzzles and problems must be solved together, which form the solution to a bigger problem. All the while, the clock ticks and the pressure builds. It not only encourages, but forces organization, constant communication, compromise, and trust. Different puzzles and the escape room as a whole utilize different skills. One puzzle might require proficiency in math, the other reading comprehension, and still another spatial visualization, One small puzzle may require micro skills, but the bigger picture may require macro skills, No one person can solve all of the problems themselves (well, they can try, but it won’t end well), because the puzzles often require clues from each other to solve them.
In order to solve each small puzzle, the whole puzzle, and keep track of the clues and solutions, players must fill roles both at the beginning and on the fly, Flexibility, role assignment and reassignment are often necessary as the challenge changes and evolves the more you advance through the room, Utilizing each team member is vital, and if members of the team hog puzzles or yell over each other, the team as a whole is likely to lose.
As the team beats the puzzles and advances through the room, the team feels its chemistry and momentum build through the thrill of its accomplishments, You may find your typically quiet team members come to life and shine, and your assertive team members concede to the problem-solvers, Escape rooms are like prisms that often show the true colors of the personalities of your team members.
Whether your team beats the room or not, they will emerge with a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie. They will remember what they learned about themselves, their team members, and their team as a whole. That communication, organization, and group problem-solving will absolutely carry over to work, as will the inevitable team bonding. As they come out of the room, you will see your team more excited, closer, and with more morale than ever, and they will see and learn sides of each other and themselves that they didn’t previously see before. And the next time they face a difficult obstacle or assignment as a team, they will remember what they were able to accomplish as a team. If you were to put all of the puzzles of an escape room together, or in a pile, they would look nearly impossible to one person alone, especially when given only an hour of time. But it is absolutely and always amazing to see what the combined skills and teamwork of one team of very different people can accomplish.