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Julia Billyard

Achieve Goals with Escape Rooms

Defining Roles that Achieve Goals

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Would it surprise you to know that both games and real-life workplaces emphasize the importance of roles? As stated in a previous post. You can see the similarities if you simply take off the aesthetics differentiating a play environment from the one at work.

Whether it is escape rooms, role-playing games or sports, many of these avenues of recreation inherently demand players to work together in order to achieve goals. All of them incorporate the core ideas that make role definition important.

That said, how do escape rooms specifically challenge teams to define their roles?

Can such a task be really done within the relatively short time of the activity?

Will the roles they adopt in the game really have any application to their professional life?

The answer to all three questions is yes.

How the rooms define the roles.

Remember, the best and most challenging escape rooms are never meant to be tackled alone. Just as an effective company cannot function with merely a single employee.  Escape rooms challenge teams to divide tasks among people who do them best.

For example, the escape room could have a puzzle that has all the pieces hidden in symbolic places. The clue that leads to them is then concealed within a riddle found on a note on the table. A team can comprise of one person who gets the gist of the riddle and deciphers, it while another person has a quick and sharp eye capable of searching for the pieces. The responsive nature of an escape room does a quick job of bringing out the unique skills and talents of individual members.

The fast pace demonstrates how role definition is streamlined.

While it is true that time is of the essence in an escape room challenge, that rush to succeed is exactly what can drive team members to think more quickly and critically when assigning the tasks. When you have people’s varying skills quickly cropping up in the midst of puzzle-solving, the job of organizing them becomes a real test of leadership.

Thus, the rooms provide great exercise for streamlining the process of testing individual employees and letting them do what they do best. For leaders, it can further challenge their own thought processes when it comes to assessing individual members in times of urgency. The time limit in an escape room is not an impediment towards team building but an asset!

Quick thinking and problem-solving skills are universally applicable.

Finally, there is no doubting the universal application of thinking skills. An escape room’s design may be for entertainment purposes but they still exercise those skills. The same goes for the role-defining and organizing skills your leaders will be using during the activity. It is only an easy matter of drawing accurate parallels between the room’s puzzles and various tasks at work.

 Furthermore, this extends to the synchronicity your team develops during the exercise. Sometimes members may not be fully aware of their own weaknesses and how others have been working to cover for them. A quick run through an escape room might just be the they need to be more aware once they return to the office.

In conclusion, from defining each member’s unique skills to defining their subsequent roles. Escape rooms can be eye-opening experience for employees. It is not just simply playing as something distinct from the rest. It is a critical component when achieving goals.

Learn more about using Escape Room for Team Building by visiting our website or call us on (02) 8005 0077

What is Gamification

It All Starts with Gamification

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While you can consider the modern escape room as the new ‘fun house,’ their effectiveness as a team building exercise should not be overlooked in light of rising gamification across many workplaces.

The core concept of gamification is that games are inherently more engaging. Most people assume that it’s because games are light and enjoyable. That is only partly true. In reality, there are subtler psychological factors behind why the design of games draw players in so well.

Interestingly enough, plenty of these factors come into effect when you use an escape room for team building. Among them include:

Goal-setting

Both gamers and workers in any field often overlook the importance of a stated goal. However, an activity that states the goal gives everyone a main point of focus. Both the main goal and the various clues in escape rooms help the team organize their actions and make the right choice that will help them accomplish objectives.

Progression

Games have all sorts of ways to not only indicate progress but encourage it. They simulate the need to achieve a certain level of skill and acquisition in order to keep hitting goals. In escape rooms, that often takes the form of solving one puzzle that leads to the next clue. It trains the team to keep tabs on what they had found and how it ultimately leads to solve the room’s final mystery!

Collaboration

Naturally, certain games have a way of encouraging team effort because their biggest challenges are not meant to be handled by one person in a particular role. Escape room activities can challenge your team to both acknowledge this and synchronize each member’s unique strengths and skills towards tasks. This has often been regarded as invaluable in a workplace but difficult to put in practice because of interpersonal friction. An escape room challenge might just be what you need to fix things up.

Achievements

Achievements are another well-known aspect of escape rooms and many often give them out even if the team didn’t succeed in solving them! The reason for this is that achievements and other marks of accomplishment serve as strong reminders representing many significant things such as individual skills or value gained. In fact, even so-called ‘marks of shame’ can encourage team members to overcome their individual shortcomings and better perform next time.

Responsiveness

Lastly, the interactive nature of the escape room is more than just a wow factor. It encourages responsiveness and quick decision-making on the part of the player. Everyone knows that time is of the essence, therefore it is important to focus on triggering the mechanics that bring them closer to the objective. It is a good way train employees on how to avoid non-productive tasks and work immediately on ones that bring about clearer results.

All these elements are found in escape rooms, contrary to the attitude that might think they don’t impart valuable skills at work. The growing of gamification in business processes and employee management is certainly strong evidence that these elements of play can provide great training experience for your team.

Like to know more about Escape Room for Team Building visit our website or call us on (02) 8005 0077.

Team Building & Leadership Training

Escape Rooms and Office Rooms – Why They Are Alike

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Escape rooms are one of the newer forms of urban attractions in the 21st century. They can be considered as the modern descendant of the interactive theater and fun house while blending elements from the puzzle mystery genre of video games.

With that said, it might be hard to believe that such attractions have something in common with the real-life office setting. However, as with all things that seek to contrast work against play, you can find strong similarities if you are willing to tone down on the dichotomy.

Doing so can give you a new perspective that is very beneficial to your working life. Escape rooms can be surprising avenues for team building and leadership training. The things they have in common demonstrate why:

Problem Solving

This is their most noticeable similarity. Escape rooms may have fictional premises and even fantastical motifs, but at the core of their design are incredibly challenging puzzles. A single person is not enough to figure out the room on their own.

Likewise, in the workplace, many bigger problems require multiple heads coming together in order to come up with a solution. In fact, try this little exercise: Imagine that a puzzle in an escape room involves one person standing in one spot to slow down the timer, while another person gathers clues and one last person deduces how they come together.

Next, start replacing the elements with something more familiar in a professional setting. Instead of a person standing to slow the timer, you have the same person defusing an emotionally frustrated client. The person in charge of finding clues is instead finding clues to the client’s problems, and lastly, you have the person who turns the information of those clues into action that finally resolves the client’s issues.

The building blocks of all problems in a professional setting have a lot of parallels in many game situations (such as those in escape rooms). The only difference is that the aesthetics of the game simply spice things up.

Tests of Team Unity

Be it in an escape room or the workplace, there will be times of urgency that can really test the unity of a team. Every group will always have its friction between some members and high-stakes situations have a way of bringing them to light.

It might seem a bit inappropriate to expect this in a light, fun activity such as an escape room challenge but the signs don’t have to be so overt. You need only be a little more observant, such as noticing if one particular member doesn’t speak much during the activity or has been rather hesitant to work next to another member. Alternatively, it can also expose members who tend to over-exert themselves and show unwillingness to rely on their teammates.

A lot of people may consciously insist in their minds on differentiating work from play, but subconsciously there is no distinction when it comes to interacting with others.

Defining Roles

Lastly, perhaps one thing that really makes escape rooms highly enjoyable is that everyone plays a different role that brings out the best of their unique traits. For example, one person realizes that they contribute with a sharper eye for detail while another takes pride in being able to solve riddles leading to clues.

It is both a great way to boost a team’s overall esteem and can also exercise a team leader’s ability to define the roles of their group. In the workplace setting, both are critical to the success of projects and keep them from misaligning people’s skills with their tasks.

Hence, an escape room activity provides a lot of great mental exercise for working professionals, even after they had finished a session.

In conclusion, whether a team was successful or not, the elements of the famed escape rooms have a lot of potential for training employees and managers alike. They may differ greatly from the office setting but the challenges can bring out something that have strong, universal applications in any workplace.

Benefits of an Escape Room for Corporate Team Building

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Are you an entrepreneur or manager looking for new and effective trends to boost your business?

Are you striving to make a productive and co-operative team? An escape room is the ultimate solution to your problem.

Using escape rooms for team-building is a relatively new trend.  It is becoming very popular with companies due to the long term benefits. An escape room is actually like a massive puzzle game and mystery rolled into one.

The team members become immersed in a themed room and work together to solve a series of complex problems within a limited time.

Teamwork plays a vital role in this process. Hence a memorable working relationship is established between workers.

Companies utilise escape rooms to test out the degree of co-operation of their employees. They can also monitor the contribution, productivity and problem solving techniques of individuals.

Escape rooms can work wonders for corporate team building. Some of the benefits include:

Setting common goals:

Teams have a common goal in the escape room. Throughout their experience there are a series of short tasks to complete which ultimately lead to escaping the room.

It is just like a project with milestones and interim targets. Each team is motivated to cooperate under the pressure of time to reach a winning conclusion.

They analyse the risks ahead of them. Co-operate with each other to finish tasks before the deadline.

Conflict resolution:

Companies use escape rooms as a tool to analyse employees and their potential to deal with differing solutions in an enjoyable and non-confrontational environment.

Members of the team engage in on-the-spot decision making and can compare their thought processes with that of their colleagues.

Dealing with non-work related problems encourages individuals to be more adventurous with their solutions and willing to adopt techniques used by others.

This can have a significant long term benefit for the individual and the company.

Engagement and learning:

People who play games and solve problems are more open to new ideas. Resulting in adaptability and learn quicker.

The social activity of an escape room establishes a great working relationship between team members and gives them an exhilarating experience to reflect on.

At Elude Escape Rooms, we feature a unique facility to capitalise on the huge potential that this activity offers.

Elude have a spacious control room from which managers and team leaders can gain amazing insights into the potential of their staff.

 

So book your next Team Building activity with us by visiting www.eludegames.com.au

Or call Elude on 02 8005 0077

Escape Room Fun

We asked what is an Escape Room?

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We encouraged people to provide their interpretation on what an Escape Room was!

We have collated the information and put it together for you.

What is an escape room?

An Escape Room is a puzzle induced adventure room where participants try to discover how to escape before the time runs out. It is like a treasure hunting game where you must find clues to solve the puzzle in order to escape. There are many tasks, locks and quests that you’ll need to solve before escaping the room. It is an interesting team game that comes packed with lots of fun.

Escape Rooms are themed real-life puzzle games which are usually built around a story. Your team has 60 minutes to look for a way out before the game ends.  You will need to rely on your team.  Have a sharp eye for detail, use your intelligence and quick thinking to successfully make it out of the room.

Escape Room is an entertaining game for every fun loving person, especially if you’re the type that likes puzzle video games. It is also good for anyone who is looking to try something different and fun. It is a game that is excellent for building teams and developing friendships. You can go as a team with your friends, family or co-workers of all ages.

The number of participants in the Elude Escape Rooms are from 2 to 6 players. It is very important for the participants to work together as players will rely on one another to solve the puzzles and complete the task.

You can leave the room anytime you have reason to do so while the game is on. Whether you need to get some air, take a break or use the restroom, you are free to go but the time will not be stopped.

Physical features of an escape room 

Winning Exit – This is the final door that you will escape through after completing the task.

Locks and Keys – These are the items that you will need to open to find more clues.

Multiple Rooms – Sometimes there is more than one room.

How do you get started?

You’ll initially be briefed about the rules before you enter the escape room with some tips and pointers for new people so you get the most out of the game. A GamesMaster will lead you into the room and ensure you familiarise yourself with the basics.  Once the door is closed, a video would be played to introduce you to the story line and your specific mission for the room. After the introduction, the countdown begins and your group begin to hunt for the hidden clues to solve the puzzles, one of which will eventually lead to your escape from the room within the set time.

So why not book now at www.eludegames.com.au/book-now to see what all the hype is about.

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

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First year in trading

A year later Darren and I have renewed our membership for the Sydney Hills Business Chamber.  We joined the Chamber before we even had an office to work from.  We knew that Escape Rooms was a relatively new concept in Australia.  So we thought it would be a good idea to join early to start the education process of what an Escape Room is all about and how it can be used as a useful tool for team building experiences.

Over the past 12 months, not only did we fit out our office for Elude Escape Rooms in September, 2017.  We opened our first Escape Room in November, 2017 utilizing some of the wonderful business chamber members as testers for our room.

March, 2018 saw the opening of our second escape room and along with that has come some rewarding clients.

Successes within the Business Chamber

We have had dealings with a few of the Sydney Hills Business Chamber members.  Teams from International Production and Taylor Nicholas Hills have done team building with us and working with their coach also a Sydney Hills Business Chamber member John Drury.  John observed the teams from the other side of the cameras to provide valuable feedback to the teams. Along with various individuals from the Chamber bring their families out to challenge their skills.

We have partnered with other Business Chamber members like Rapport Leadership. Bringing their clients out to us.  With great feedback from the CEO of Ecco Shoes and Peter Kristensen on their team building afternoon. To working with Hills Grammer School to provide co-curricular activities for Year 11 & 12 Students.

We have been proud supporters of Charity Events promoted through the Chamber like Hills Relay for Life- fundraising by utilizing our Beat the Box and The Hills Winter Sleepout.

Elude are also providing activities for guests at the up and coming Orange Blossom Festival.  Yo-Hu team Young and Hungry 18-30 year old entrepreneurs with the Chamber. Emma Bonaccordo of Elude Escape Rooms is a Yo-Hu member.

Meeting regularly with like-minded business people, who share a passion for their own business. That support other local businesses has definitely been a distinct advantage for our business over the past 12 months and highly recommend it.

The Chamber has been a great network for both of us, it has help us to develop our business and grow ourselves personally too.  Everyone in the Chamber are so friendly and helpful. Members offering us advice and guidance as we got started &providing contacts for business support.

If you are not part of a business chamber, I would encourage you to go along to visit and see what they are all about.

If you would like to know more details, check out our website at www.eludegames.com.au

#SydneyHillsBusinessChamber #TeamBuilding

Reviews on Facebook

AK – Jackie Poon

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“Out of the 25 rooms I’ve played in Sydney this was amongst the best”.   5 Star

A friend and I played the Perpetual Motion room today. It is the first room we played with Elude (and certainly won’t be the last!). Out of the 25 rooms I’ve played in Sydney this was amongst the best. Our game master Julia was so kinda as to give us a little bit of bonus time just to finish off our game!

The design, props and atmosphere were unique and there is something I’ve never seen in any other escape room before which is always a bonus 🙂 The puzzles are complex but not difficult (just the right level of complexity) and most are hands-on which we loved. The game is linear (which we also love for a party of 2 especially). Oh, and even the waiting area is clean, colourful and welcoming~

If anyone is thinking that Galston is far, it’s not really if driving. I urge you to try this room anyway regardless, it’s worth the trip. A well-designed room is not always easy to come by. Plus, there’s parking. I look forward to trying out their other rooms in the future~ Thank you for a great time today!

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The B Team

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“By far, the trickiest escapes we’ve ever undertaken, but laughs galore too”. 5 Star

We had a fantastic time at Elude Escape Rooms. By far, the trickiest escapes we’ve ever undertaken, but laughs galore too.

Darren and Julia were a hoot. They are so obviously passionate about their rooms and they were as excited about our visit as we were.

The day was all round fantastic from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

We can’t wait to see what Darren and Julia have up their sleeves.

We will be recommending Elude to everyone we meet.

Review for Elude on Google

TBC

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SO MUCH FUN!!!!           5 Star Review on Google

We did both Perpetual Motion and Framed at Elude and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Both rooms had incredible set design, attention to detail and clever puzzles which made these rooms so much fun. The debrief at the end was the best as our game-masters spent a good hour talking us through all the detailed aspects of the room. These rooms are built by truly passionate and dedicated escape room enthusiasts and it shows!

This was worth the drive from Sydney (it’s not actually that far!) and was the perfect afternoon, topped off with a lovely lunch nearby. If you’re looking for quality escape rooms, do these rooms! They are better than most of the rooms in Sydney. We can’t wait to be back for the new rooms in December! 🙂

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Ultimate Squad

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Best escape room so far!      5 Star review on Trip Advisor

We were a team of 4, aged 26, 21, 19 & 15; three of whom were new to escape rooms. We did Perpetual Motion. Firstly, it has to be said that the couple that runs this were really part of the reason this was one of my favourite escape rooms to date – so lovely and enthusiastic, they’ve really put a lot of thought into this whole experience from start to finish. We felt the room itself was very challenging and we needed a lot of hints, so even for newbies, don’t be put off!! The organisers are super adaptable and you can have as many hints as you like or none at all. For us it was about keeping the balance between pushing ourselves and not getting too frustrated especially as we’re all relatively inexperienced. At the end the couple went through the room in detail (not had that in other rooms previously) and checked whether we had any questions. Highly recommend trying this out! There’s plenty of parking on site, there is an arrow mark pointing left directing you into the house, take the dirt road just ½ metres before that sign on the left. Thanks guys for such a great evening!! We will be back to try the second room out next year 🙂

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