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Does Gamification Mess Up Work-Life Balance?

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In a nutshell, gamification is understood as somehow combining the fun and engaging elements of games with tasks at work to help employees achieve more productivity. Whether it’s using escape rooms for team building activities, or task management tools with game design elements, it is a combination that seems clear to the common eye.

However, some people might view this same combination with trepidation because it represents the end of work-life balance. “Work is work, play is play” as the argument goes. Putting them together seems like a recipe for burnout.

Is it really, though?

There are a few ways that this argument can be taken in the opposite direction. Coincidentally, here are two of them can be seen in examples taken straight from the culture of the video game industry.

Dailies

In many online games, ‘dailies’ is the term to describe daily quests or missions that reward players (be it in the form of items, experience points, in-game currency etc). Done wrong, dailies are a chore and can turn many players off. But done right, this type of system gives players a strong incentive to keep logging back in.

Professional Gaming

Professional gaming and livestreaming have gone from being niche professions to a major part of the industry with players having annual salaries that reach up as high $400,000. For these players, one can say that their ‘life’ aspect has seamlessly merged with their ‘work’ aspect.

If play can have elements of work, why not the other way around?

In both the two examples, there are elements of ‘work’ that have integrated themselves into games and often drive players to keep playing. More than that, their proper execution results in more player enjoyment, engagement and return.

Why then can’t the same be said for the process that just does the exact same thing but from a different direction to engage employees?

The work-life balance argument seems to base itself entirely on the problem of burnout. Furthermore, it can explain why many people that are not fond of ‘combining work and play’ also happen to quickly raise up the problem of addiction in both work and games.

When that is the case, it becomes clear that the problem isn’t actually gamification but the human tendency towards addictions of all sorts. That is the real issue that employers should tackle when it comes to implementing any gamification initiative in their workplace.

Here are some suggestions that can help:

1. Understand the role of energy.

Make a habit of trying to understand people’s energy levels throughout the day. This requires a good mastery of understanding subtle emotional signals and observation skills, but that only makes it a good exercise of leadership ability.

Employees need energy to perform anything regardless if it’s for work or play. The more aware you are about how employees use their energy, the more equipped you are to use gamification to improve their use of it.

2. Encourage good sleeping habits.

When people discuss work-life balance, sleep is surprisingly overlooked. You are neither playing or working when you sleep. It is its own category and is important to both when it comes to having the energy to do anything.

Therefore, encourage employees to sleep well and ensure they’ll have enough energy to perform any activity.

3. Give good consideration to someone’s health and mindset.

Another way to look at it is that some people only have one type of gamification in mind and it doesn’t mesh well with their work style, ways of thinking or even physical health.

Put these into consideration when implementing a gamification concept to improve the workplace. By being sensitive to the different mental and physical needs of employees, you can actually come up with something that better suits them.

In conclusion, one is deliberately misinterpreting gamification if one assumes it combines work and life without care for some sort of balance. Balance can be an entirely separate issue because a workaholic does not need gamification to be addicted to work.

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Entertaining Team Building

The Value of Entertainment Inside Work

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Many of the previous posts covered the idea that escape rooms are both entertaining while also being great activities that exercise the necessary teamwork and problem-solving skills of professionals. However, even the entertainment aspect can generate its own value for any business organisation.

This has to do with the long and testy shift on the subject of fun times at the office in today’s working world. Inevitably, it touches on the concept of work-life balance and how it is now endlessly challenged from all different angles.

That is why the idea of providing more entertainment initiatives within the workplace context has become a more significant issue than ever. It explains why companies have started using games in their team building activities. The trend of gamifying the workplace is also no coincidence. It shows that many of today’s business leaders are challenged to rethink the conventional wisdom of putting Work and Play into different silos of an employee’s life.

Utilizing escape rooms as your company’s go-to team building events is one way you can explore the possibility of Work and Play blending together as one. Up until recent years, this has often been considered undesirable (and it still is for some corporate cultures). 

However, that does not negate the many cases where emphasising the Work-Life barrier has only done more harm than good. Aside from the usual cases of people prioritizing the former at the expense of the latter, you have the problem of disengaged employees and emotionless, extremely impersonal relations between team members.

When you decide to utilise entertainment within the context of your workplace, you have the option to prevent these problems and remind everyone that you are all still people. Thus, one can discern its value in some of the following ways:

  1. It can reduce pressure on the employees.

One aspect of a problematic workplace culture is over-emphasis on pressure. Everyone is forced to look for a high-stake objective that demands to be taken with grave seriousness. Counterbalancing this with an entertaining, more relaxing side of the company can dissuade this harmful mentality and tell everyone that it’s okay to take a break from it all.

  1. It exercises work skills without making them think of work.

When you are using games and escape rooms to cultivate problem-solving skills, the best way to do it is to actually not emphasise the similarities. Allow people to have fun and wait until the very end of the activity to explain how the skills they use at play can be used at work.

The thing about having fun is literally having fun, where the mind isn’t preoccupied with thoughts of their workload, tasks due or projects still on-going. The entertainment factor of a game enables people to exercise the same skills but without the added stress of thinking it as ‘work.’

  1. It allows moments of reflection on why they work.

Lastly, giving considerable time and space for leisure within the office empowers employees with room to reflect on the main purpose behind coming to work every day. This can be very helpful when you are working to prevent feelings of disengagement among employees (or at least understand why they would feel disengaged.

While it is good to always look for activities and programs that improve an employee’s skills, one must avoid the mistake of assuming that making those activities entertaining is just icing on the cake in terms of value. In truth, entertainment has equal value in the workplace and it has become a valid necessity in today’s working world.

Team Building

Puzzles as Metaphors for Buy-Ins

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In escape rooms, puzzles are the building blocks of their design, plus they are also the elements that obviously make them exciting and mind-challenging. However, there is also more to how these puzzles interact and these may even be a great way to simulate one of the most common yet most difficult challenges in the workplace: Getting buy-ins.

In the workplace setting, buy-ins are not just any regular task. They represent something bigger. It can be the purchase of better equipment to make everyone’s jobs easier. It can be implementing policy that is meant to reduce costs and improve performance.

All these things require the buy-in, where you need generally have the entire organization in agreement so that your proposal can push forward. In fact, even CEOs can’t always implement anything they want without the express buy-in of at least several other leaders in upper management. (And they, in turn, have to try and get their own people to get on board with the idea.)

That is how crucial buy-ins are in any workplace environment.

However, that is also precisely why they can be puzzling, stressful exercises for the mind. Whether you are a team leader just trying to get an activity’s budget approved or a factory manager who is seriously considering a major, facility upgrade, you don’t have all the answers you need to know that everyone is on board with your idea.

And in larger organizations, that headache can quadruple because you will be digging up info on other persons of interest outside of your own department.

Then again, doesn’t this sound strangely familiar?

That is essentially what teams do when taking on an escape room challenge. The whole group starts with very few clues on solving the mystery of the room. But by putting everyone’s heads together, the answers come bit by bit until the final solution is found. It is an excellent metaphor for simulating the challenge of getting buy-ins!

Here are some particular skills that your team-sized sleuthing can exercise in escape room challenges.

1. Information Gathering

The moment an escape room challenge starts, everyone is instinctively trying to find more than just the first clue. Naturally, an uncoordinated search is less effective than a coordinated one.

Likewise, it is the same when the team needs to get information on who to ask for a buy-in. It is not always the leader’s sole responsibility but everyone’s (especially when it is an initiative everyone in the group wants to see through).

2. Out-of-the-Box Thinking

The clues in an escape room puzzle are always expected to be in rather unlikely places. That what makes it fun and it also encourages thinking outside conventional wisdom.

That can be helpful when you think a decision-maker you want for a buy-in may not be easily convinced. Thinking outside the box becomes instinctive and you can clever ways to give the person their own stake in approving your team’s proposal.

3. Finding Connections

Lastly, these innovative room puzzles encourage great attention to detail and a sharp eye for patterns and connections that others in the team might have missed.

Likewise, there will always be problems when it comes to getting buy-ins for your proposals but they don’t all seem to add up despite all the information you have gathered. A closer look often reveals the answer but only if your team makes it a habit!

Training your team to overcome obstacles to buy-ins is very much like training them to become expert game puzzle solvers. Why not consider the metaphor and use it as another way to prepare employees to help get the buy-ins they need?

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Leadership

Turning Make Believe Traps Into Tests of Leadership

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For the most part. It is actually not that hard to see how casual games, like escape room challenges can be used to test teams of working professionals. Also teach them how to better coordinate (no matter what their job may be).

On the other hand, would it be also safe to say that these challenges can further test the effectiveness of leaders in the workplace?

The short answer is: Yes.

Like every other type of team building activity.  Escape rooms are not just meant to improve team synergy. They obviously improve that synergy by challenging the skills of those in leadership positions. An few games consisting of some make-believe traps can have a positive, long-term results in raising the competence of an organization’s leadership.

The key lies in understanding the deeper core skills often required in leadership. Knowing that conventional training and coaching isn’t the only way these skills are tapped. Here are just a few examples.

Problem Solving

Most professionals have this idea that a leader’s only major job is to delegate. However, proper task delegation is actually a middle step. Before that can even happen, effective leaders must be among the first to identify and define a problem.

Now, while challenges like escape room require everyone to have problem solving skills, a leader’s particular role in the solution is to be the first to start piecing information together and then delegating tasks to fill in the gaps. Seizing initiative is often seen as a good sign of leadership but rarely do people notice that is actually the initiative to start solving problems.

Time Management

Escape rooms are well-known for their suspenseful time limits so it makes sense that great leaders are very aware of how time is being spent. However, many people underestimate just how impactful such challenges can be.

In real-life work settings, most leaders underestimate the allowance they have with distant deadlines and often enable an ineffective process to persist beyond what is healthy until the deadline finally nears.

A fast-paced, time-limited challenge can really make team leaders more aware of how long their team is taking to solve a problem and make faster decisions about how it can improve.

Role Management

Whether it is at work or play, both are activities that find success when people fulfill their roles and learn how to synergize them. However, it is also obvious that it is the leader’s main task to manage these roles and achieve that synergy.

This not only includes identifying each person’s individual skills and how they best fulfill that role, but also making sure their efforts combine into the best solution to a problem. Escape room activities can really hone a leader’s ability to understand a situation and have the right people in the right place, at the right time.

Interpersonal Skills

Lastly, even when a leader has assigned people to the right task, they must also have good interpersonal skills to identify conflicts between personalities. Another thing that team building activities and real-life work have in common is that they demonstrate the human side of everybody.

That makes people skills a natural requirement, whether it is in the exciting context of disarming make believe traps or mediating tensions between conflicting co-workers.

Overall, even business leaders can gain some benefit from participating in light, play-oriented team building activities. The parallels between the challenges of work and those from make-believe traps can teach them a thing or two as well!

More than a fantasy

Roles Are More Than Just Fantasy

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All team building activities are expected to enhance the skills of employees when it comes to defining goals and understanding how their roles play into achieving them. However, sometimes it can be difficult for newer employees when they have trouble understanding even the very basics of their role.

This is often evident in individuals who are in need of more self-discovery. The workplace, and perhaps professional life in general, is entirely new to them. They see a basic job description, have a very vague idea on how to do it but lack the confidence to really do their best.

Surprisingly, games and escape rooms can be just the nudge they need to move in the direction of more self-discovery. They are a legitimate opportunity to awaken a broader range of talents within a person and better define their role.

The reason why this approach is often overlooked is the assumption that roles in games are but the product of fantasy. In escape rooms, for example, the people are noir detectives even though they’re mostly accountants in real life.

But as it had been previously explained, fiction speaks to people in a way that resonates beyond what is on the surface. It is the same with roles and respective skills. Allowing employees to express themselves in their choice of fictional roles can go a long way to demonstrating the type of skill set they really have (as well as more information on who they are).

These are certainly critical pieces of information for team leaders when they are trying to help new hires better understand their roles. In fact, here are some examples of roles that many people take up in games and escape rooms but have a lot of real life applications.

The Conservative

This role is often taken up by people with a very knowledge-based and risk-averse approach to problems. Suppose you are in an escape room challenge and the team find itself stuck but still possessing a sizeable amount of information about the room’s overall mystery.

The Conservative is the one who is always quick to remember all that information but also the first one to correct others and discourage out-of-the-way suggestions on how to proceed. Now, translated to the workplace, there can be plenty of instances where such thinkers are valuable.

They can be the people who have a good grasp of processes and be the voice of reason when other members consider taking unnecessary risks. Likewise, these are also the same people who must be taught the value of being flexible at times and respect differences of opinion.

The Innovator

In contrast to the Conservative, innovative players prefer to experiment and improve. They are the risk-takers, the misfits and the improvisers. They are often the people who will first throw themselves at a problem and start thinking of all possible solutions.

While likely at odds with those of the Conservative-type, they actually work in tandem when it comes managing problems. Outside of games and escape rooms, the Innovator is usually the one who quickly loses interests in the bare minimum of their job description and works to do more.

Recognizing the signs of an innovative mindset (both in and out of work) can be vital because you want to help these individuals shape out their career path at the earliest stages. That way, they won’t end up making too many mistakes with their eager desire to improve.

The Helper

Helpers are mostly recognizable for their strong sense of empathy. They may not have a defined set of work skills but their people skills can be great assets when teams are facing a challenge. They are the ones who often lend a listening ear or sense something is amiss with an employee’s personal life.

For instance, even when a course of action seems logical and a new idea makes sense, there can still be some emotional tension about it that leaders may not notice.

This is where Helpers often try to intervene or at least draw attention to. They also tend to be the peacemakers as well as people willing to go the extra mile if it just means helping someone. But of course, they also tend to be people pleasers and prone to burning out. Spotting the Helpers in your team can be a real turning point when it comes to keeping the whole group together.

The Juggernaut

The Juggernaut represents the type of employee who, while not necessarily the brightest or the most resourceful, can really throw themselves into their task. These are the people who are willing to push the limits of their output and are always the first to ask for something to do.

In an age where more people are encouraged to work smarter, not harder, Juggernaut team members may seem out of place. However, their sheer sense of dedication and high amount of energy still make them very valuable to any team.

Because whether it is an escape room challenge or the week’s major task, you will always need somebody who can do a lot of the heavy lifting. Otherwise, their narrow focus on just their own task can make them difficult to work with when not fully utilized. Rather than discourage someone with that level of focus, it’s good to identify them and have them help out those who don’t have as much strength.

Naturally, these are just a handful of roles that are common in both escape rooms and in the office space. As always, it is not about just how these roles appear but how they represent the people who choose them. They are not just for living out a fantasy!

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Team Building Solid Teams

Turning Friction into Friendship

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In a workplace setting, friction is a natural occurrence. However, one of the things that make it difficult is that often goes unnoticed. A team building activity with an escape room is an excellent opportunity to detect subtle conflicts between employees, break the ice for newbies and overall lead to better team unity.

But to truly see the advantages of such activities, it is important to note that leaders should not wait for friction to escalate into full conflict. You don’t want to be sitting in the Human Resources office and doing extra work solving a problem that could have been prevented.

That said, it is also important to note that there are many ways friction in a team can develop. It can be cultural differences, unfamiliarity or seeming lack of compatibility.

The good news is that fun experiences like escape rooms make for excellent avenues to ease that tension and open the door for dialogue between conflicting team members. Here are just a few examples that you can try.

Use the activity to celebrate a newbie’s hiring.

It is often recommended to give new hires more than just basic orientation when they start. An escape room activity can be an exciting way for them to have fun with their new co-workers and bring down barriers that reduce their shyness.

It can also be an interesting way to see how a new hire often reacts to problem-solving situations. Identifying their key strengths and ability to work with their team can further improve ways you can help stay in synch instead of out of it.

Introduce a specific challenge that can teach teamwork lessons.

During the bustle of daily work, the friction that goes on between two or more members may not be so evident to themselves. Furthermore, it can be difficult to call it out and make them aware of this problem.

Consider picking an escape room challenge that emulates their daily work flow and see how well they perform. After that, try showing them the parallel you have drawn and use the results to make them aware that you have been observing their recent lack of teamwork.

That opens the floor for the dialogue you might need to look deeper into what is wrong. Some members may simply be unaware that their work styles are making it hard to keep up. Other times it can be when a member feels overshadowed and hesitant to contribute. At the very least, you are closer to a solution to help them perform better.

Participation can distinguish team players from non-team players.

Lastly, sometimes all the friction is the result of one or two employees’ lack of engagement with their work and their colleagues. It could be because they have little desire to actually stay long in the company, or simply don’t see their life at work as anything of importance.

Naturally, there are plenty of other ways you can spot signs of this in the office. But if you want to be sure, you can use an escape room team building activity to further gauge their willingness to participate.

The results can be surprising too. It may very well be that the experience will help them connect with their colleagues (and vice-versa). Alternatively, the lack (if not complete absence) of the employee will at least show that they are really likely to opt out soon.

This doesn’t mean that there are no further complicated issues that are creating friction at work. But if you want to start looking into them and finding clues, a little excursion into an escape room can bring them further into light.

Secrets to Success

Secret Success of Team Building in Escape Rooms

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Building a team around the Escape room is an ever-evolving trend that involves role-playing games, in case you didn’t know! Yes, you heard it right. You enter a themed room with a task to solve the room’s mystery within the stipulated time. When you solve the mystery or time runs out, the experience is over.

Venue for your Experience

Elude Escape Rooms in Galston offer multiple themed rooms that create an immersive experience. The puzzles are set to challenge teams. Try being a Private Detective in a Mystery or Find the Hidden Capacitor before the ransom time is up.  With all our scenarios we ensure the bonding between the participants is to the fullest, only then would they be able to solve the mystery.

Organisations Love It

Companies want their employees to work collectively, towards achieving the goals set by management. There is great outcomes from testing their potential in an escape room adventure.  It focuses on team work by the individuals that work closely together daily in the work environment. It’s a test of the efficiency of employees both at the individual and collective level, in a relaxed and fun setting.

Advantages Escape Room Team Building Could Bring In

Building a team through escape rooms, you’re bound to accrue the following benefits:

One Team: One Goal

Individuals striving for a collective goal is one of the biggest escape room team building advantage. They have a goal in sight, to get out of the room after solving the mystery. Similarly, when they work together in a company or a project, their aim is to finish the project or achieve what’s expected from it.

A Fair Assessment Of The Team Members

In situations or the setting that has been created, time pressure goals are set, and the actions and behaviour of participants differ. This would help managers to understand the potential of their team members in a similar situation at the workplace and how they’d behave when a similar thing happens while working on a project. At the workplace, it gets a bit difficult to assess an individual’s capacity to manage conflict and most of the time managers have to intervene but in an escape room, there isn’t your manager to take you out of the problem, and you are completely at the mercy of your teammate. Management gets in a better position to judge an individual’s abilities at the time of conflict. The manager would be able to craft out an improvement plan.

Did Your Goal Change Your Mindset?

When you have a clear goal right in front of you. Your mindset is absolutely clear on how to achieve it and what you’d need to make that happen. In an escape room, every individual knows that they need to somehow get out. They will do everything to “Escape”. Escape rooms tend to prepare the participants to tackle problems more collectively rather than doing your own part and blaming your team members for the undone. After all, only blaming them won’t help, you need to help them if you want to escape. If you belong to the mindset that says growth. You will take this as an opportunity to learn a thing or two.  Whereas the fixed mindset individual will only be waiting for the clock to tick and not try anything out of the blue.

Looks Within the Team?

It’s from within; the team wasn’t seen like that before. It’s their inner self that’s taken over in the unusual setting that would give you a better idea of what happens when a team or project is in dire straits. Skill sets that the team members possess such as problem-solving skills, resolution of conflicts and a non-learning mindset, everything would come right in front of you in just a couple of escape room ventures. You get to know which of your employees stand out with each skill set or lack thereof, by observing the Escape Room experience.  Elude Escape Rooms also offer exclusive access to Managers to sit in the control room and observe their team at work.

Managers get to know the actual strength and weaknesses of their employees from an escape room, enabling them to train their staff accordingly.

My Team’s Engaged With One Another

Escape rooms involve fun-filled social activities that engage the team in a particular setting. You’ll have to search for treasure, solve a riddle in a mysterious puzzle or a problem-solving exercise that would require every set of skill you might have. Individuals who play games are better learners, a Stanford Education Study found, and when these games involve your work teammate, you will get to know them better.

Employees are given an adventure to thrive and have a bit of fun, at the same time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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