Singapore has become a hotspot for one of the hottest trends to sweep the world: Escape Rooms.
Escape Rooms are a high adrenaline team building game that involves locking players into a room and forcing them to solve challenging puzzles, identify abstract clues, and race against the clock as they attempt to escape. Once the timer runs out, it’s game over.
Attention to detail is essential. Even the tiniest clue could mean the difference between winning and losing.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tourist or a local, if you’re looking to engage in a team building activity while in Singapore, you should pay LOST SG, or a similar escape room, a visit. Here are 5 reasons why escape rooms are the best for team building.
1. Alternative Source of Entertainment
An escape room isn’t your average activity.
Typically, traditional games such as bowling or miniature golf provide more of a passive experience for its participants. Simple tasks such as rolling a ball down a lane or swinging a club in the hopes of accumulating as many points as possible are all you need to play these games successfully.
Escape rooms, however, offers an immersive alternative to the usual activities you’d engage in with a group.
In today’s world, people are more interested than ever in making unique memories with their friends. Escape rooms provide an experience that will create memories that you and a group can bond over at a later time.
Nothing beats working together with a group to escape from a prison cell while a clock counts down in the background!
2. Promotes Communication
It doesn’t matter the situation, those who communicate well tend to accomplish goals faster and more efficiently. This is as true for escape rooms as it is in a real life setting.
It’s essential that you communicate effectively with your group to beat the clock. It’s tough to identify all of the clues, solve every puzzle, and ultimately escape if you’re working by yourself. As they say, two heads are better than one.
Better yet is a team full of individuals sharing information with one another to solve a common problem. Once you’ve given your input to the group, you can discuss possible solutions on how to solve the puzzles and escape.
Ultimately, escape rooms help team members to express themselves clearly with an added bonus of learning how to listen to others better.
3. Your team will learn how to collaborate
There’s no “I” in team. There’s no exception to this rule. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself to be a smart individual who doesn’t need the help of others to accomplish the obstacles standing in your way, escape rooms are unforgiving to those who act on their own. To get away, you’ll need to distribute the workload amongst the team members. This concept can be applied to any area of your life. Teams generally accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently than individuals. That’s a fact. The sooner you realize that, the faster you’ll begin working together to escape the horrors of the escape room.
4. You’ll boost Team Morale
When it comes to teamwork morale is everything. If your morale is low, your performance will suffer. If it’s high, then nothing can stop you.
As your group solve clues and draws closer and closer to defeating the challenges of the escape room the little high fives and compliments you give one another will have a boosting effect on your team spirit.
You’ll want to continue to experience that feeling and work harder. Soon, if your team spirit is high enough, perhaps you’ll become victorious in your efforts. Every little victory, no matter how small, will make you want to achieve more.
Taking this lesson with you outside of the escape room will allow your team to work better as a unit. You’ll want to win and accomplish your goals, whatever they may be, to experience that same euphoria of conquering the challenges of an escape room.
Of course, if you do end up escaping, that provides an excuse for your group to go out and celebrate.
Rewarding yourself after accomplishing a goal is a great motivator to keep striving for victory. Even if you don’t win, you can still push to do your part and support the team.
5. You will learn from others as you identify your strengths and weaknesses
It gets easy to develop old thought patterns that become outdated and ineffective over time. However, escape rooms force individuals to abandon such thinking as they’re compelled to use their creativity to solve puzzles.
You may be pleasantly surprised at how some of your teammates may rise to the occasion by displaying uncanny problem-solving skills.
If you pay close enough attention, you may learn a thing or two. Also, an escape room may expose strengths and weaknesses that you may not have known that you possessed. Having a group present allows you to delegate the tasks where you are weak, such as leading, to someone else as you focus on the areas where you are strong, such as problem-solving.
Everyone has had their own experiences in life that has molded the way they perceive the world. That unique perception is what truly differentiates an individual from the rest of the group.
As you encounter the difficulties of an escape room, you’ll learn how your teammates handle certain problems and situations. Working together to solve challenges may teach you how to approach the problems in your own life differently.
Escape Rooms are one of the best team building exercises that you can engage in with a group. It doesn’t matter if you’re with your family, a study group, or coworkers from your office, an escape room will teach you invaluable lessons about what it means to work together as a team.
Whether you win or lose, your experiences will allow your team to become a more cohesive and efficient unit.