Are you looking for team building ideas for your employees or team? The next time you need to set aside time for a team building event, consider booking a team building escape room adventure. The Secret Chambers is the perfect stop for any team building event since we have escape rooms, an arcade, rage rooms, and even axe throwing available at our three locations.
Dallas escape rooms provide your team many opportunities for working together. This includes collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and endurance!
Solving the puzzles an escape room has to offer is a perfect way to get everyone – introvert and extrovert alike – working together and having fun as a team.
Before the Escape Room Team Building Challenge
Here are some tips for how to prepare your team for the escape room experience:
Give Everyone Notice Before the Team Building Event is Scheduled/Ask for Input
Prior to scheduling a time for your team building escape room event, make sure everyone knows about the planned event. No one should feel like it was an unpleasant surprise or that their professional skills are being assessed – it’s supposed to be a fun experience for everyone! Also, can’t decide which room to try? Create a poll! Get some feedback from them on which “room” or “chamber” they want to try most.
Ensure that the Escape Room is Safe for Everyone
Some escape rooms will require players to get down on hands and knees to crawl. Warn everyone ahead of time in case there are any caveats to the gameplay. Get everyone’s thoughts on which escape room will work best. To go along with this, be sure that your team is aware of the rules before entering the escape room.
Make Sure Everyone Has Ample Time
Lastly, everyone should arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time, so that you have plenty of time to check in, use the restroom, and prepare to enter the escape room together. Remember, you will have 1 hour to complete the escape room team building objective. Be sure to arrive on time so that you can get the most out of the escape room experience!
Here are more tips for a great escape room experience!
During the Escape Room Team Building Challenge
You and your team will have 1 hour to find the clues, solve the puzzles, and escape the room. Here’s what to know while in the escape room:
Ask for Hints
Make sure that everyone knows that they can ask for assistance at any time! We don’t want you to feel stuck, frustrated, or miss out on important parts of the game. So be sure to ask your game master for help if you find you’re stuck. Here are 3 reasons why you should ask for hints while solving an escape room.
Keep a Positive Atmosphere
Finally, some of the escape rooms have a higher difficulty, so it can be a bit frustrating if you and your team don’t know what to do next. If that happens, be sure to promote an encouraging, positive atmosphere as you solve the puzzles. The point of a team building escape room event is to have as much fun as possible!
After the Escape Room Team Building Challenge
Regardless of whether you solved the escape room objective, or you were close, your team should laugh, high-five, and celebrate your achievement! At The Secret Chambers, we will take your group’s picture so that you remember the occasion. Encourage a positive discussion of what went well and where you saw great teamwork.
When Escape Rooms May Not Be Appropriate For Your Team
A team building escape room adventure is almost always a great idea. However, there are a few things to consider when it comes to choosing an escape room challenge as your next team building event. For example, if there is a lot of conflict in your team currently, it could cause even more tension to have them work together in a fast-paced escape room environment. Also, consider that some may not enjoy a horror or crime-themed game.
Before booking your next escape room event, consider the preferences of each of your team members. The end goal is for everyone to have fun, so make sure that everyone’s “on board” with the idea.
Team Building Escape Room FAQs
What is an escape room?
An escape room is a timed game within a themed, enclosed (but not locked) room or chamber where players collaborate to find clues, complete puzzles, and try to “escape” the room before the time is up. The best escape room experiences are fully immersive like a movie or a video game, often with a historical and/or fantasy theme (e.g. pirate ship, 1930’s speakeasy, haunted Victorian mansion). More info on our what is an escape room page.
Why escape rooms are good for team building?
Escape rooms for team building are easily one of the best activities to choose. Not only are the unique, they have also become extremely popular in recent years as a social activity since most people enjoy the thrill that comes with solving puzzles, being timed, and otherwise enjoying getting to know their team members better in a more engaging way. Escape rooms are also popular for team building thanks to requiring lots of communication and problem-solving amongst friends and coworkers.
What is the ideal group size for an escape room?
While the optimal group size depends on what you and your team are comfortable with, we recommend a team of anywhere between 4-12 players, which offers a balance of collaboration, creative thinking, and different strengths without too little or too many people. More info here in our how many people should I bring to an escape room article here.
What questions are asked in escape room team building?
When you’ve completed the escape room, here are some questions to ask about the experience: What role do you feel you played? Was there a moment where you feel everyone was working well as a team? By contrast, were there moments that didn’t work out too well?
Read More: What to Expect at an Escape Room
Book an Escape Room Team Building Event at The Secret Chambers
At The Secret Chambers, our escape rooms feature a pirate adventure on the high seas (The Pirate Adventure: Chapter III, Arlington), a Wild West train adventure (The Train Heist Adventure, Fort Worth), a sci-fi alien themed mystery (The Area 51 Adventure, Arlington), a 1930s speakeasy (The Mafia Adventure, Fort Worth), a haunted mansion (The Poe Adventure, Arlington), and a witch’s tower (The Witch’s Tower, Fort Worth).
Both locations are also home to a couple Rage Rooms where players of between 1-4 can suit up for safety and let loose all their rage on inanimate objects (think TVs, printers, etc. You know, all that technology that doesn’t work the way it should.)
The Secret Chambers currently has three locations in Arlington, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie (note: only Viking Axe Throwing at Grand Prairie). Contact The Secret Chambers team today! Or, go ahead and book here for any escape or rage room.
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