Back in the days of video games, a side benefit of improved hand-to- eye coordination from hours of playing was a happy consequence – the more you played, the keener your coordination. Today, the Escape Room craze is all the rage, and along with being lots of fun like video games were, Escape Rooms are actually valuable tools which teach the process of successful teamwork; a consequential benefit that serves us well in all our future endeavors.
Escape Rooms are physical adventure games in which 2-8 players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using given clues and hints to complete the objective: to escape the room. While created to be a source of entertainment and fun, Escape Rooms have also proven that solving puzzles to complete your objective and escape the room relies completely on teamwork. The objective is to use your cognitive skills with your teammates to think through clues and solve the puzzles. Serendipitously, Escape Rooms have actually proven themselves to be an innovative way to make an effective plan of winning while working with teammates to process clues, hints, and strategies, resulting in a positive conclusion. Working together to solve problems and crack codes in order to progress as a team is the only way to win. Consequently, these tactics actually work in a corporate sense.
By definition, a corporation is a group of people authorized to act as a single entity. In order to solve the puzzles and escape the room, you MUST work as a team, much like in business, in order to win. Teamwork skills are developed through subjection of conditions in an Escape Room, requiring employees to develop their thought and problem solving processes as a team in order to contribute toward the success of the winning outcome and escaping the room. Subsequently, working together also breeds respect for each member’s contribution. Furthermore, the pressure to win by working together as a team aids the participants in getting to really know one another and form positive work relationships, bringing to light each individual’s communication style, and encouraging teammates to listen to each other. And even more beneficial, teamwork allows employees to take greater responsibility for decision making, leading to improved morale as they gain more authority and ownership over their projects. Working on a team also gives employees a greater sense of belonging and of recognition, which helps them take more pride in their work, and their company.