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How Escape Rooms foster Teamwork

Escape rooms improve teamwork, fostering communication, cooperation and trust. They also have a competitive side, because the employee groups compete to exit as  as quickly as possible.

For those who don’t aren’t familiar with this, escape rooms are activities in which groups of several people are locked in a room (or several rooms) and they have to collaborate to solve puzzles and riddles, and escape in under an hour.

The urgency is the key to the exercise. It forces employees to work as a team and put their minds together. The adrenaline helps the teams make decisions together in a time of stress. It reinforce skills that will later have an impact on productivity and problem-solving in their jobs. In addition, and unlike other activities such as paintball, escape rooms do not require any special skills or physical effort.

We’ve already talked about team building exercises that can be done in the office.  But sometimes a change of scene is necessary to achieve the degree of participation, motivation and emotion that is sought for this type of workplace dynamics. The employees have a good time and the managers are able to improve teamwork.

Teamwork benefits

  • The teamwork improves communication. The team must collaborate, transmit and process information efficiently and instantaneously.
  • The manager can discover if there are any weaknesses in the group dynamics, or if synergies are formed that can benefit the work environment.
  • It gives everyone the opportunity to open up and share their ideas with the group.
  • Everyone enters as equals, without the hierarchies that affect teamwork. In the escape rooms, the experience or the knowledge about a certain area don’t count.  In some cases, there have been interns who have bettered their superiors, which helps their superiors have an increased level of confidence in them.
  • By cooperating, hostilities are left behind and relationships are formed based on a shared experience.
  • Escape rooms often have riddles that are solved creatively or through lateral thinking. Offering this point of view to your employees can have a positive impact on their ideas.
  • In the selection process, you can see how strangers work as a team to make decisions, whether one assumes  the role of team leader, etc. A little pressure can teach you what they are like and how they work, — something that in can’t be discovered with any certainty in a normal interview.
  • It strengthens the corporate culture of the company.
  • It raises the morale of employees.
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