Escape Hunt

Lock the Boss in the ClosetHave you been experiencing difficulties at work with the new members on your team? Maybe they just don’t seem to fit in with the rest, and the drop in your team’s productivity is attracting the boss’s attention.

Sounds like it’s time for an escape.

What’s an Escape Room?

If you’ve ever played video games, you’ve probably seen games designed with an “escape-the-room” theme. These types of games are usually set in fictional locations, such as castles, prisons, haunted houses, space stations, etc. The purpose is to escape by solving a puzzle using various clues you are required to find.

An escape room, in contrast, is a physical adventure game, played in real life, that’s based on the video game genre. You, along with friends, family, or co-workers, choose a scenario and get background information, then you’re locked in a room and given (usually) 60 minutes to find, decipher, and utilize clues to unlock the door to escape.

Simple enough, right? Not so fast. The ever-changing scenarios used in these rooms would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.

Escape for Team Building

There was a time when employees had to make “trust falls” or spend a day clinging to rope bridges for dear life, all in the name of corporate team building. Thankfully, corporate training has kicked things up a notch.

The trust fall – closing your eyes and falling backward while hoping your colleagues catch you – was not only dreaded by most employees, it was pretty much an exercise in futility. Nowadays, escape rooms are rapidly becoming a favorite method to encourage employee bonding and team building.Not only do they allow employees an opportunity for intellectual and (sometimes) physical activity, employees also get to utilize problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and exercise some leadership chops. And, best of all, have fun while doing it!

The Take-Away

Using escape rooms as a tool for corporate team-building is sure to grab your employees’ attention – far better than the prospect of attending a lecture-style workshop all day. But what exactly can you expect your team to learn in the relatively short time they’ll actually spend locked in the escape room?

  • Communication. Team members will figure out quickly that they’ll not be getting out on time if they don’t communicate with each other. That doesn’t mean just talking at each other, but truly communicating, sharing ideas, verbally brainstorming and vocalizing their thoughts.
  • Leadership. Those with team leadership skills will find this is a great place to exercise them. Someone will have to lead and choose which path to take, and the game usually requires more than one leader willing to make suggestions and offer options.
  • How to think outside the box. The guys writing the game scenarios are not slackers; these puzzles are tough! Those team members you hired for their problem-solving skills will have an incentive to shine through in an escape room. It won’t take long for them to realize they need to release their creative genius to beat the room.
  • How to listen. Team members will learn quickly that listening to everyone in the group is a good thing, as all members of a team have something to contribute. The guy who usually sits back and doesn’t say anything in the staff meetings is usually the one who finds the crucial clue to solving the puzzle.
  • Teamwork. It is great to be an individual but there are times when being a team player is the better part of valor. When your clock is ticking and you haven’t found the key to getting out, egos can fade quickly.

A group goes in. A team comes out.

Need help with your next company team-building event? The Escape Hunt Experience Houston specializes in large groups and would be happy to assist you. With our convenient location and fun atmosphere everyone will have a great time here. We work with businesses and corporations of all sizes and offer a variety of options to meet your specific objectives. Please contact us directly for further details of arranging a private corporate event.

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