1st May 2018
There was a time when the terms “team building event” was good enough to strike terror into the soul of any white-collar worker. Images of forced amusement as reluctant employees attempted to sing like Madonna or channel their inner survival (Bear Grylls) on a Tough Mudders style assault course or worse signified the “previous plans” excuses came rapidly, and an unexpected epidemic of ailing family members was all but guaranteed.
Times have changed, and employers have got wise to two things. The first is that in today’s company world, team dynamics are more vital than ever and can mean the difference between success and failure. The other is that making those teams merge still takes effort, they must generate team building events that will eagerly be anticipated and that participants will get something from, rather than things they will hate and steer clear of like the plague.
Escape Rooms are swiftly emerging as the current craze for corporate and business team building, leaving behind the old fashioned events like 5 aside football, rounders’ and shuffling things like large building blocks. Perfect for focussing on lots of business development goals, Escape Room team building can give a variety of team building advantages for businesses/ organisations of all sizes and shapes
Now a well developed marketplace, with fixed Escape Rooms arriving all over the nation, the Escape Room team building experience is coming to be ever more available and attractive to smart businesses who rely on team in one form or another. Call them exit games, escape games, escape rooms, locked room games puzzle rooms, or something else, but the premise remains the same, you get together with a team of your friends, solve the clues and leave the room within the time limitation.
This is why we have seen a rise in new kinds of team building tasks appearing. Absolutely, there are some folks who like nothing better than to perform or to test themselves mentally or physically. For others, food preparation challenges, sporting events or just a night-time out for a couple of drinks collectively will work much better.
The key to a productive team building day is to actively get the attendees engaged with the choice of the event, as opposed to force it on them. An escape room is among the most recent trends in team building events. It is one that has a growing appeal among organisers, and more importantly, among participants.
Anyone who indulged in enjoying TV shows like The Crystal Maze or Fort Boyard will instantly recognise the approach of an escape room. The idea was expanded from TV entertainment to a product anyone can have a go at with the first escape room opening in Japan 11 years ago back in 2007. The idea soon expanded all over the world, and firms like Handmade Mysteries are market leaders that provide London escape rooms along with escape rooms in additional towns and cities across the UK.
Each escape room has its own specific theme. You might find yourself in a futuristic world, or a jungle environment or in a Blade Runner inspired mad creation. You and your team then have an hour to examine your surroundings, make sense of the clues and work out what you have to do to get out.
Escape Rooms – Universal appeal.
Some of the significant advantages of an escape room above other sorts of team building activity is that it has large appeal. Age and physical fitness are unimportant, and the more introverted team members will feel equally as comfortable as individuals who are more extrovert and gregarious. Followers and leaders will all benefit from how the team engages and works together and this is all done within the natural spirit of fun!
Some will be better physically and then those who are a lot better at mental dexterity will get to flex their mental muscles — there is an opportunity for every person to show off his/her specific capability, and to build new ones.
Most important of all, however, is that this type of event is one wherein success depends upon all those skills being united, to create a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Which is, after all, the true principle of a cohesive and effective team.
It depends how you want to run it, with smaller teams, one escape room can accommodate up to 6 team members. London venues can also run games alongside each other so you can have teams competing against one another in time trials. Just speak to the friendly team, give them a call on 0207 8673736 or just use our super easy booking forms to book rooms in succession.
Let us know what you need and we can make sure the Gamesmaster creates an atmosphere of healthy competition for your business!
An event for all seasons
The other notable aspect that escape rooms have in their favour is that this is one affair that the erratic English weather cannot mess up. A company picnic can often feel like Russian roulette! An Escape room can be literally taken into consideration at any time of year– possibly an escape room might be an ingenious alternative to the typical office party when the Christmas season happens this year. Now is the ideal time to get buy in from employees.
Q. Can we run team building at any of your escape rooms in London or Brighton?
A. Yes, absolutely. We run 2 game rooms consecutively at 2 venues, The Depot with Poppa Plock (12 people) and The Four Thieves with Lady Chastity (11 people) so they hold the most people but all other rooms hold up to 6 and we can run smaller groups in quick succession.
Q. How long does it take when one team finishes for the next to start?
A. Typically 15 minutes to reset the room, so no time at all. Speak with our friendly receptionist Claire who will do what she can to help.
Q. We need food and drinks can you supply?
A. This is definitely something the venue can help with as our escape rooms are sequestered away in the inner depths of public houses. Contact the venue directly, let them know you’re booking an escape room and they’ll make sure to accommodate you.
Q. Any rules we need to be aware of?
A. Have fun, listen to the Games master, and if you’re waiting to play with a team, please ensure your team members do not get drunk. Anyone who is drunk will be refused access to play or can be removed from the game. Obviously, that’s common sense but worth mentioning!
Also the escape rooms are over 18’s only, that’s due to the venue legalities – it might on occasion impact work experience personnel so even though rare it is worth mentioning.
Q. Do you offer corporate rates?
A. For larger group bookings we may offer a discount, it depending on day / location and time but ask us, we will do what we can for you. Our customer service is legendary!
See our team building page for booking details.