If you tell your colleagues that you’re planning team building at escape rooms for them it may cause the odd groan and roll of the eyes. “Not this again,” say those who always only attend against their better judgement. “I won’t have to do anything embarrassing will I?” says the new girl sitting quietly at her desk staring blankly at her monitor. “Another win for me,” proclaims the overly confident manager supping his fifth coffee of the morning.
Sheep herding? Seriously?
But what to do this time? It can’t just be a jolly day out with lunch and then a few drinks at the pub at the end. There are some real benefits to organising a team building day. Especially with a new team of employees who know very little about each other and their skills. It can be those colleagues who have been with the company for years that may need some incentivising or encouragement.
Paintballing, go-karting, country pursuits, sheep herding, cookery classes, sailing lessons, the list of options goes on and on. Now there is a new fun activity to consider – escape rooms. Decide on your teams (usually between two and six people). Then get ‘locked in’ a room and work together to find clues and solve puzzles in a bid to escape within 60 minutes. Think Crystal Maze. There are over 1,000 escape rooms in the UK – a growing category in the leisure and entertainment industry. It seems to be one companies are realising can benefit their whole team.
We’re enthusiasts too
We’re escape room enthusiasts first and foremost (90 games and counting…). We decided we wanted to create an experience that wasn’t just a challenge for teams, but fun, dramatic and completely immersive. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed a plethora of local companies for team building days and it isn’t just our Salisbury escape room on the list of options. We also offer Games Master tasks where teams are faced with challenges to perform together. Plus there is our outdoor experience, ‘POD’, which brings together the rush of the escape room alongside a Salisbury treasure hunt.
Ticking all the boxes
These varied challenges fit perfectly with what companies wish to achieve for their employees. One of the most important on that list is communication. Talking to each other and cooperation is key to the success of your business and it is key to the success of solving an escape room. Whatever kind of scenario your teams are faced with there will be multiple types of puzzles and tasks. These can only be solved by working together. Then there are the clues to find, padlocks to open, hidden rooms to discover. All of which cannot be done without the sharing of information and ultimately pulling together while the clock is forever ticking down. There is nothing better than a looming deadline to rally a team.
It’s always the quiet ones
We often find on a team building day that there are those employees that are perhaps considered less outgoing. Or feel unable to voice their opinions. We’ve seen they often feel comfortable enough to make themselves heard in our Salisbury escape room. Escape rooms are even more effective if you mix up the groups. Why not have members from various departments or those who know one another less well. You will be surprised with the number of employees who shine in this scenario. It’s rewarding for all involved.
Team building at escape rooms
If you would like to try our escape room you can find out more about what we have to offer on our team building page. Call us on 07917 701797 to ask us how we can help to tailormake your whole half or full day.
Take a look at our Trip Advisor reviews to see what our teams have said about us.