A recent trend across the country for having fun with family and friends is escape rooms. These are rooms where you’re given a set of clues and a situation that you have to escape from, such as a zombie apocalypse or a medical emergency. If you are unable to work together with the other players to solve the clues that will lead to the final answer in a certain amount of time, then you fail at the game. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can keep in mind while playing that can sometimes make it easier to escape.
The most important thing that you have to do when it comes to escape rooms is to communicate with the other people who are on your team. Don’t keep information that you find to yourself. Even if it ends up being wrong, you have to come up with some information instead of nothing in order to get out of the room and solve the puzzle. Yell across the room to the other players if you find information that can be used to solve the game.
Although there aren’t many clues that you’ll need to keep on hand until you reach the end of the game, it’s important to stay organized so that you know which key unlocks a lock or which tools you’ve already used in the game. Consider designating someone as the holder of the clues so that nothing gets lost in the room. Try to write down the basics of the clues that you find, which can sometimes make it easier to solve the puzzle if you work together as a team. While playing in an escape room San Francisco, you might have a small box where you can keep all of your clues and tools until they are needed later in the game.
Hints and Tips
Most escape room designs are challenging. Everyone has to work together, which is why escape rooms are beneficial for team-building exercises as well as group sessions with people who might need to develop trust with each other. Fortunately, hints are offered during the game if you ask for them. However, you have to make the decision as to whether you really want to get the hints before time expires or if you want to just abandon the game if you can’t solve the puzzle. There is usually a limited number of hints that are given in a game, so you need to keep this in mind. You don’t want to ask for all of the hints right when you get in the room.
When you’re working as a team, you need to put your trust in the other people who are in the escape room. Everyone wants to get out of the room as a winner, so each person is looking for the clues needed to solve the puzzle. If you don’t trust them, then it can be difficult to continue in …
A buzz word being thrown around currently is “Win-Win”. So often, at least for our most popular activities like football, basketball, and soccer we think of games as being a Win-Lose proposition. When we are trying to build a team, can a game be a Win-Win situation? Yes, it can!
There are two main elements, of a game (and one usually not thought of): A Goal and Rules. Most people just think of a game as “Beating the other team” but using our definition, we see that we can make a game out of anything. This third element, though not hidden, it is often forgotten. The ability to create is one of humankind’s greatest abilities and also one of our greatest duties. Is it possible to create a game to help build your team?
There are people who study Group Dynamics and create team meeting activities for small groups. What is your team doing to become better? Here are 7 categories to work on:
- Curiosity Teach each other to ask questions. Remember the sixties slogan, “Question Authority”?
- Awareness Be aware of how certain activities make you feel. Often things like Butterflies in your stomach actually mean something deeper than being nervous.
- Authenticity When things get tough, can you acknowledge how you usually react and more importantly can you use that moment of truth to determine what is really the most effective response?
- Accountability Do you really try to make sure all the things you are responsible for actually happen? If you aren’t the best, at a particular aspect of your job, do you ask for help or just let it slide?
- Candor Tell each other honestly and with compassion, non-judgementally the truth and things will change.
- Genius Who really is the best, at a particular skill or subject, on your team? Do you empower them to use that talent?
- Appreciation We don’t only have to appreciate the salesperson who won the million dollar contract, what about the secretary who always puts the stamp on your envelopes without you even having to remember to ask?
Sure, you can try to do “Office Olympics” like the crew on that famous or is it infamous TV show from a few years back but there are whole companies dedicated to creating situations and more importantly locations that enhance the team building experience. An important aspect provided by game builders, with experience, is the ability to match specific games with your groups abilities and needs. Sometimes we let our excitement, for a certain activity cloud our reasoning in determining what will be accomplished by playing the game. This can happen with our work tasks also. Something to observe is whether an activity culminates with everyone together or with everyone but the winner and runner up sitting on the sidelines, possibly getting bored, till the end of the game. Is there something you could change, in your company’s office routine to draw everyone together naturally?
Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to escape work for a while and relax? Well, there is a new method of bringing employees together with an unorthodox approach. A team building escape room provides a series of tasks that must be completed as a team in order to be successful. Clues and various tips will challenge even the smartest employees with many of the tasks requiring teamwork to solve. There are different scenarios with unique challenges that must be completed in an hour or less. In a lot of cases, the teams barely make it out before the clock runs out.
Benefits of a Team Escape Room
Goal Minded: If your employees have problems setting goals for themselves, an escape room will definitively solve that problem. Escape rooms work on the principle that to reach the end goal, smaller ones must be met throughout the challenge. As teams meet small goals they feel like celebrating and when the final goal is accomplished, it sets a tone for what can be done in the workplace.
Problem Solving: Escape rooms will benefit your employees by developing team problem-solving skills. The team is locked in a small room with a series of quizzes in order to win the game. It’s a basic concept, but one that heavily relies on team members using their brains to accomplish the mission. Employees have to use logic and think fast before the clock runs out, which is exactly what happens at work with jobs that have deadlines.
Creativity: Different puzzles provide an opportunity to be creative and focus on the task at hand. One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk into an escape room is the theme. Puzzles look like puzzles or are they even puzzles at all? Creativity comes into play when it takes a closer look to understand what the puzzles truly mean. This develops your employees to find creative solutions in real-world business situations that come up unexpectedly.
Teamwork: There isn’t a whole lot of fun for one person in an escape room, they would have to Albert Einstein in order to escape on their own, so teamwork plays a big factor for achieving the goal. Escape rooms work with a large team or as two smaller teams working towards the same goals. No progress will be made if the teams start to argue and fight or one person thinks he knows it all. Differences need to be aside, and the team needs to depend on each other in order to escape. This benefits employers as employees learn to work together to solve different puzzles that can be used in real business situations.
Escape Rooms Are Fun and Engaging
Employees will get excited as they learn about being transported from the same environment into a situation that is thrilling and challenging. A smart boss would keep his employees on the clock while the team heads over to the escape room. The benefits of doing something unorthodox for your employees will …