Why You Should Put The “ T ” in Team Building!
Escape rooms are fun activities for couples, families, and friends. However, escape games also function well as corporate team building exercises. If you have the capacity to host corporate events, we highly recommend you do so.
You are providing a useful service:
Escape games are the perfect team-building activity. You will be giving employers a wealth of insight into their staff’s strengths and weaknesses, and giving employees a day of fun!
- Problem Solving: Escape room puzzles encourage employees to use and strengthen their problem-solving abilities. Players need to be creative, and think outside the box if they are going to crack the next code.
- Team Work: Escape games encourage employees to work together as a team to reach a common goal—to escape! Everyone gets to participate and share their unique talents, because no-one can do a room full of puzzles all by themselves. Different puzzles appeal to different skill sets, so sometimes a sudoku lover will excel, sometimes an anagram solver will. In most cases, a single puzzle will have lots of moving parts, and all the employees will have to work as a team if they are going to succeed.
- Time Management: With the timer counting down from 60 minutes, employees are forced to use their time efficiently. They will need to search the room quickly and methodically for clues, quickly organize their thoughts during a puzzle, and learn when to ask for help if a task is taking too much time.
- Leadership: When a group is in a stressful situation (like an escape room), natural leaders emerge. Often the employee who steps up to connect the dots of a puzzle, organize the various clues found, or boost morale during a slump, will make a great manager in the workplace.
- Communication: To succeed in an escape room, players cannot keep their thoughts to themselves. Employees need to announce when they find clues, share their ideas in a clear way, listen to each other’s ideas, and interact well with each other in the confines of a small room.
Escape rooms can bring out the best (and worst) in employees, and can provide important information to employers. Knowing how staff members react under pressure, communicate with their teammates, and manage their time can be invaluable when promotion time comes.
You make good money:
Team building activities can be very lucrative for escape room owners. First, you will have all of your escape room slots fully booked. In addition, you can sell corporate clients extras such as party rooms, catering, and souvenirs. Some escape room companies also sell corporate clients videotapes of the games, so the players’ behavior can be analyzed by a psychologist or HR representative. Charging for these kinds of add-ons, can make a team-building session much more financially attractive than a regular public game.
You can increase your escape room’s popularity:
With so many escape games worldwide, players often take the time to look at your website, reviews, and testimonials before booking. A good review from Mr. and Mrs. Smith is fine, but a testimonial from a large company can be a lot more impressive. Potential players will take notice that a large corporation considers your escape games challenging enough for their employees, and chose your company above all your competitors.
In addition, the corporate world is often a small one; and I suspect HR departments confer with each other. If you provide a fantastic team building experience to one company, they may well recommend you to another company.
Finally, the individual employees may recommend your escape room after participating in a team building exercise. They may even return to play one of your other games — this time with family and friends rather than co-workers.
Hopefully this article has convinced you that you should seek out corporate clients. Now, if you want some tips on how to proceed, please read one of our other blog articles: How to Earn & Sustain Corporate Customers at Your Escape Room Business.