What are escape rooms?
Since of late there are a number of escape rooms that have been springing up all over the world. The concept was first used in the Silicon Valley to emulate Agatha Christie mysteries as a real time version of escape the room video game. This was such a hit that it began catching up all over the world but the first permeant location was in Japan and the venture was such a hit that by 2015 there were 2800 venues worldwide.
Essentially what happens here is that the players are locked in a room which contain clues and puzzles which while lead them to the secret of how to leave the room. Initially the room was clued and themed with specific motifs and schemes relating to mysteries such as Agatha Christie and cop show themed events but with time, the concept while remaining the same, introduced new themes such as Alice in Wonderland, Jack the Ripper and Gruesome pasts of a town. The rules still remain the same and the objective is simple- get out in the given time. If not, you lose, if you do figure out how to leave, then congratulations, you’re the winner.
A reason room escape team building is the ideal corporate bonding tool is because it puts you in the real life roles that you would have to assume in such a situation. This makes team work a big part of the winning process, an objective which is a major part of making any team work. This allows for a group to try out their process, including all their weaknesses and strengths, and succeed in the situation. this allows for situations of real life stressors to influence the process and to show the group how working together is more productive than individually attempting the task.
Clear goals and objectives
Room escape team building is effective because it lays down clear goals and objectives. Each clue will lead you to another clue or a puzzle which you have to solve to get to the next clue until you find the key to exit and all this must be done within the given time limit. Productive team management would be that a leader too should lay down such objectives in order or the other members to achieve them.
The benefits of using such an activity as you can see are numerous and the ones mentioned are only a few. But what makes so appealing is that it is that it’s an out of the box concept being used for traditional business models.