An escape room is kind of an entertainment game that came over from Japan around 4 years ago. The idea here that a group of people; family, friends, colleagues, etc. are locked in a room and they have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles, unlock locks and figure out how to get themselves out of that room.
The purpose of an escape room is to make all those people to work closely together. So, no matter how smart one person is individually, there is no way a person can get out of these rooms all by themselves. It’s really going to require that teams rely on each other for information to be successful.
It may seem like it’s a scary thing but actually, it is a very fun game. A lot of activities that people do together these days, require them to work side-by-side. For example, when a group goes for bowling, they compete against each other and they don’t actually need to interact. But, with an escape room, the team really has to be together.
The conversation and communication in an escape room are critical and so it is in business. Therefore, this article brings to you various ways your team can benefit from escape room games. Let’s get started!
: As mentioned above as well, an escape room requires people to work together. This point alone has made escape room games really very popular among entrepreneurs to help them build a functional team. It has become common for businesses to take their teams in mystery rooms and let them solve the mysteries. It increases team cohesiveness, bond, and enables the companies and teams to identify the strengths of team members.
WORKING TOWARDS A COMMON OBJECTIVE
: The goal of people in the escape room is to solve the puzzles and get out of the room as quickly as possible. Similarly, a company has various departments and all of them are working towards accomplishing a common goal, say completing a project. The project in the context of a mystery room is escaping. Different team members devise different techniques and then they work collectively to find clues to escape the room.
ASSESSMENT OF TEAM MEMBERS
: Different people deal with conflicts differently. In a team, conflicts are bound to happen because of different opinions. The interesting thing for the manager here is to look how they handle those conflicts. Escape rooms are essentially a team building game where everyone comes face-to-face. This reveals how team members react in conflicts and what is their course of acting during such times. Escape room games particularly help managers and teams members to find problem-solving capabilities of each other. This brings out exactly where employees struggle and can be used to take corrective action in the workplace.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE DISRUPTIVE FORCE
: Not everyone in the team is a progressive player. Some members don’t bring any good to the table, rather they take away what’s good. Such personalities can hurt the overall progress by the hard workers of the team. There are 4 kinds of disruptive members; those who stay quiet and let other members do their thing and then there are those who refuse to understand anything and believe that they know everything when in actuality they don’t. The other kind always thinks that they are supreme and what everyone else is doing or thinking doesn’t make any sense. And lastly, there are people who make random comments to make people laugh. Their contribution is marginal. When managers watch all members closely, they understand the role played by all of them and deals with them accordingly.
GET MEMBERS ENGAGED
: In an escape room, people explore tombs, search treasures, and solve mysteries and what not. These activities can be categorized as social activities. According to research, it has been found that people who engage in such kind of games have better grasping power and learn things quickly. A major advantage of escape room activities is that it breaks the monotonous routine of the workplace. A company lunch or dinner is perhaps the best place to organize escape room games because the number of members is more.