If you're in charge of planning a corporate team building activity for your company, you may want to look into the popular trend of escape rooms. Escape rooms can be a fun and exciting way for your team members to get to know each other and build trust. But to get the most out of the experience you will need to pick the right room for your team. Below are some things you should keep in mind while making that decision.
Go With Whimsical Rather Than Frightening
Many escape enterprises offer both creepy rooms as well as lighter, more whimsical rooms. For a professional event, it's a good idea to stick with a room that is not going to frighten your team members. Feeling safe will help increase authentic bonding, whereas being scared may make some participants more closed off. Leave the scary rooms for personal games and choose the lighter themes for corporate events.
Make Sure the Room Is Accessible to All of Your Team Members
Some escape rooms are not recommended for pregnant women, those with epilepsy, or people with heart conditions. Additionally, some rooms require physical skills that not all of your team members may have. Before booking a room, discuss your options for accessibility with room manager. Keep in mind that some of your employees may have limiting circumstances they have not revealed to you, so choose a room with a high level of accessibility.
Book a Private Session Ahead of Time
While some escape room ventures only rent out rooms, others rent out slots in each room. This means that if your group does not fill up the whole room, another player may be added to your room. You can usually avoid this by paying for all of the slots in the room or simply calling ahead to make sure your experience will be private. Another reason to call ahead is to ask about corporate discounts, which many escape room companies offer.
Get Input From Your Team Members
When deciding which room to book, try to get input from your team members. By allowing participants to choose the room they will escape from, you will increase investment and interest in the exercise. If your employees are excited about the experience, they will be more likely to engage fully and get the best team building results from the game.
If you are unsure of which team building escape room to book for your team, call the company you are interested in working with and ask for advice.