Why Escape Rooms Are The Perfect Team Building Activity
Let’s face it, there are times when your team just doesn’t work together. Whether you’re a coach, a CEO, a sales manager, a pastor or some other kind of leader, sometimes, managing your people is like herding cats. Attention deficit cats.
Which is why it makes sense every so often to look for some sort of team building activity. And, so the search begins. What types of team building activities best? Which ones are a waste of time? It can be a bit of a challenge.
Team Building In Atlanta
Atlanta is the home to many Fortune 500 companies all the way down to small companies. It’s no secret that business is booming here in the South. With all that’s going on, there is a host of team building ideas to choose from. The problem isn’t that there aren’t any things to do to help your team learn to work together. The problem is finding which ones actually help and which ones are a waste of time.
When we look around, here’s a quick list of team building activities to choose from:
- Cooking together
- Scavenger hunts
- Escape rooms (our favorite!)
- Laser tag
We’re sure we’ve missed some, but this is a fairly good list. So, it’s not like we don’t have choices.
Sure, most of the ideas listed above are fun, but which team building ideas actually help bring your team together?
Team Building From The Team’s Perspective
If you look at the history of team building, there have been a variety of techniques, studies, and ideas on what exactly builds teams and what splits them apart. Many Ph.D.’s have been earned on this topic.
But, what hasn’t been studied in great detail is the team’s reaction to being told they’re going to have to do “team building” stuff. Cue the eye rolls, the grumbles and the complaints. Sure, there are those few employees who secretly love being forced to spend time away from work, and there are those employees who relish the idea of humiliating their coworkers in various creative ways, but overall, the general population isn’t overly wild about team building in any form.
So, most well-intentioned efforts to get the team to work together starts out running uphill from the very first mention of the idea. It’s not fair, but it’s just how it is.
Team Building From HR’s Perspective
Not only does the notion of team building get the thumbs down from employees, but there are a number of team building exercises that can keep an HR Director up at night.
In a world filled with sexual harassment allegations, lawsuits and other sticky issues for HR to deal with, the idea of employees shooting each other with paintballs or running around the streets of downtown is not exactly the kind of activity that gets an easy sanction from HR staff. More often, these kinds of ideas are met with an overall response akin to “Are you serious?”
Plus, there’s the time factor with team building activities. When you factor in driving time to get to anything in and around Atlanta and the activity itself, nearly any team building event is an all-day affair. This means a lost day of productivity, and HR directors hate that almost as much as managers.
Escape Rooms Are The Perfect Team Building Activity In Atlanta
When you collect all the team building ideas in Atlanta, the one that keeps topping the list is the idea of escape games. Here’s why:
- Escape rooms only last an hour each.
- The time element puts your team under pressure
- Escape games require all the skills necessary to be successful at work
- They’re super fun!
If you haven’t noticed, escape rooms are popping up all over the place. Why? Because they are a lot of fun! And, managers and team leaders all around Atlanta are figuring out how escape rooms are effective team building activities.
Team Building: The Skills You Want
What makes a team work together? Here are the skills we see most teams needing in order to be effective and successful:
- Problem solving
- Working well under pressure
- Strong time management
- Situational awareness
Any guesses on which skills you need in order to be successful in an escape room? Yep, all of them (and nearly in this order!). That’s why teams all over Atlanta are going to escape rooms and seeing the positive results.
What Types Of Teams Are Good For Escape Rooms?
Here at Three Keys Escape Games, we’re one of the oldest escape games in Atlanta, so we’ve seen thousands of players and hundreds of different types of teams. What we find is that escape rooms are best for the following types of teams:
- Sales teams
- Executives (C-Suites)
- Sports teams
- Project teams
- Medical teams
- Church groups
- Girl or boy scouts
These are the most popular types of teams we see some through our escape rooms on a regular basis.
Team Building Or A Reward?
Since team building activities are often met with a negative reaction, we’ve learned that there are different approaches some managers take to sidestep that problem. Some managers find something to celebrate and “reward” the team with an escape game or two. The team comes in with a positive attitude and usually performs better. It’s all in the presentation.
Team Building At Three Keys Escape Games
If you’re interested in getting your people together, we have 5 (soon to be 6) escape rooms to choose from. We also have a big conference room that you can use to talk about the experience and capitalize on any “coachable moments” during the game. We can arrange a package specifically for your team where lunch is involved along with several escape rooms.
We even have an escape room challenge where you can split your team into two and play our spy theme rooms against each other. Whoever escapes the room first gets bragging rights!
Call us to talk about a team building package for your team. We’ll help you bring your people together in a way that gets effective results in only half a day or less. Your people will love it and talk about it for weeks afterward.
Three Keys Escape Games is Atlanta’s premier escape room facility. All of our escape games are facilitated and monitored by a game master to help facilitate the game along. You can ask for clues or not, but one thing’s for sure, you’ll have a great time. Discover the joy of escape rooms!