Team Building and Escape Rooms are the perfect mix
Sometimes finding the best outing for a staff party is hard, we all know that. You need something that will inspire all your work colleagues into enjoying their time together whilst also trying to improve their teamwork and communication skills. Now, whilst we're not saying going out and getting drunk together won't do this, we, at Escape Rooms, believe that playing one or more of our games will be a much better substitute for awkward small talk and a great way of avoiding a nasty hangover for work the next day.
If that hasn't convinced you already, here are 5 reasons as to why you should choose to play an escape game for your work outing:
1) Team building is hard.
However, when you force people to work together in a high stress situation for a short amount of time, usually a team dynamic forms. Our rooms at Angel are particularly good for team building as they're linear games. This means that teams must work together to solve one puzzle, riddle, or obstacle at a time. Furthermore, escape rooms mean that you can't escape the room until they're done. This means that a team member can't sneak off and not participate. For more information about team building, see: www.escaperooms.co.uk/corporate. See what I'm doing here? Team work. Go check out my colleague's blog post.
2) You can get a better picture of your employees' strengths and weaknesses.
If you're looking for the next person to promote, Escape Rooms are not only a great way to see how people work under pressure but also to see who naturally leads the team through puzzles. There is a very clear definition between the types of leaders as well. You'll be able to see who the tyrannical leader - those who do not listen to the suggestions of others, and who is the diplomatic leader – those who are more open to the opinions of their teammates. You may also find 'The Cassandra', the team player who has all the answers and gets overruled by The Tyrant. 'The Queen Bee' is also a character you'll find. Every had a suspicion that one of your workers, perhaps one of your leaders, are claiming the credit for other people's hard work? This is a good way to catch them in the act. For more character evaluation of your employees, see What Team Member are you? at https://www.escaperooms.co.uk/team_types.
3) Team building usually has a bad reputation, but Escape Rooms are fun.
I'm sure that whenever you mention the phrase ‘team building’ to your employees, there's at least one person that complains. Usually, teams complain up until the point that they enter one of our venues. Sometimes they even complain up to the point where they enter the room. After this point, they forget that they're meant to be here for work – instead they start to have fun. They focus on the task at hand and nine times out of ten, we have teams leaving the room wanting to play another game. Unknowingly, team building becomes fun when you throw in some laser guns and a few puzzles to crack. Now previously, I've spoken about the Seven Stages of an Escape Room, which, as the name suggests, looks at the stages that teams go through whilst within one of our games. If you want more of an idea of what your employees will be up against, emotionally, mentally and perhaps physically, I'd suggest you take a look at the full post: http://www.escaperooms.co.uk/seven_stages
4) A bit of friendly competition never fails to get the blood pumping.
A great aspect of Escape Rooms is the fact that each of our venues has two rooms – meaning that you can bid teams against each other. Not only does this increase motivation but is generally causes a few jokes to be thrown around in the name of competition, leaving teams laughing and bonding together. If you believe that two of your employees don't usually get along, putting them within the same team may inspire some team spirit within them when put in competition with their co-workers. We also have the Walls of Fame, which are infinitely difficult to get onto. Click here to find out more: http://www.escaperooms.co.uk/walls_of_fame_and_infamy
5) Failure leads to bonding.
If none of your employees escape, then they fail together. They can learn from the mistakes they made during the process of the room, meaning that their knowledge of teamwork skills improves. If one team member was bad at communicating, they know for the future that they need to be more vocal about getting help or ideas that they have. If a team member struggles with listen to other ideas, they may be more open to taking input from other people on upcoming projects. Truly, it's a win-win situation. Now if you want to avoid failure or looking like you're the one who causes it, I'd suggest looking over this blog post: http://www.escaperooms.co.uk/dictionary
So regardless of whether your employees escape the rooms or not, there is something to learn about teamwork within Escape Rooms. We hope to hear from you soon with news of your team bonding plans to join us at one or both of our venues.