5 Reasons Why Successful Teams Win Escape Rooms

Thinking about playing an escape room game for your next team building activity?

At Escape Room Games Missouri City/Sugar Land, we have observed over 50 team building events (over 500 people) play our escape room games. Within the first 5 minutes of the game, we can tell if a team is going to win or lose–usually by the way they behave together.  If we could make bets, then we’d be millionaires.

But since we can’t make bets (that would be unethical), we thought we’d share 5 reasons why successful teams win escape room games.

They Feel Psychologically Safe Together

feel safe toerSuccessful teams feel safe with each other. They are comfortable sharing things about their personal lives.  Great team leaders create a safety net around their team. They encourage team members to showcase their strengths, weaknesses, passions, and quirks—without feeling threatened.

We see this in action when observing team building sessions. Feeling safe with each other incites team members to share opinions, be heard, and know they make a contribution to winning the escape room game.

If your team doesn’t feel psychologically safe together (even if it just one person) it can slow down the progress of the escape game. Everyone needs to feel they are part of the game. And to succeed, team members must feel safe to speak freely, dig deeper, and try new things.

There is a lot of trial and error playing escape rooms games. So your team needs to know it’s ok to fail, try again, and win. We’ve seen team members sit in isolation, or  go down their path trying random combinations in the locks.

They Know Their Roles

You can’t win a football game if your team consists of all quarterbacks. Winning football teams need players that can kick, run, block, tackle, and intercept the ball. It’s crucial for every team member to know their role because they must make quick decisions to adjust to new situations. JJ Watt knows his role as a defensive end is to quickly read whether a pass or run play is coming and make a decision (like sack the quarterback). Your team needs to know what their roles are too. When a team is performing at its best, we’ve observed that each team member knows everyone’s role.

escape room games tolesKnowing these roles before game play ensures the team can take on the various challenges and puzzles in the escape room. We can tell when a team knows their roles because they progress more quickly in the game. Successful teams think simple and focus on what is stopping them from moving forward. Sometimes they will reverse engineer a solution. What a beautiful sight!

That said, we’ve developed a list of roles that are crucial for winning escape rooms.

  • Project Manager: The Project Manager is the communication hub. This person keeps tracks of clues and puzzles found in the room. They bring clarity by asking if any of the items found relate to any of the puzzles being worked on. The Project Manager is often the first person who asks the team if they should ask for a clue.
  • Searcher: The Searcher focuses on looking on, under, above, around, behind, and inside everything in the room. Teams should have more than one Searcher to ensure nothing was missed first time around.
  • Quartermaster: This person works closely with the project manager and the searcher. The Quartermaster will have a place in the room to put each type of thing that is found, as well as an area to put things that have already been used. They don’t like messy piles.
  • Brain: The Brain is the person who knows different types of logic and math puzzles. There are certain types of encoding schemes used in escape rooms (Morse code, Braille, Pigpen, 1-26 for A-Z, Roman numerals) and The Brain understands how to solve them. The Brain doesn’t like asking for clues.
  • Reader: This team member reads any document found in the escape room and then verbally summarizes it to the Project Manager. The Reader can also look for funny patterns in text that might be an encoded message and pass that onto the Brain or Worker Bee.
  • Worker Bee: The Worker Bee takes on any assigned task that will help the team progress throughout the game. They take inventory of all the locks and point out anything that can be a clue or puzzle. A Worker Bee tries every key on a keyring on all the locks or is standing on call to enter a combination into a lock.

Bottom line, when everyone is standing firmly on their place on the field and they all have their eyes set on one end goal, things simply go smoother.

They are Organized

Knowing your team members’ roles brings structure, clarity, and team organization. When a team is well organized, it tends to perform well. It also reduces stress. And when time is not on your side, reducing stress is important!

Our escape room games have a lot of separate puzzles and clues scattered all around the room. We’ve noticed that successful teams keep track of everything they find. They take an inventory of everything they find, including the different types of locks. Efficient teams will make a discard pile and a “not solved” pile. Winning teams look everywhere and make our re-sets easier!

They Communicate with Each Other

good teams communicate with each otherThe most important trait is how a team communicates with each other. There are a lot of moving parts in our escape room games.  Some puzzles lead to other puzzles and some stand on their own.

Communication is a necessity because you have 60 minutes to win. If team members don’t discuss what they find or working on, then it slows the progress of the game.

We’ve observed players working on a puzzle and then abandon it and not tell a soul. Later, another person finds the puzzle and asks for help. That is not communication.

They Have Fun Together

Successful teams enjoy hanging out with their teammates. Team members have fun together inside and outside the workplace. They laugh together, crack cheesy jokes, make fun of each other, and build trusting relationships. They succeed or fail together!

And when they’re out of clues? Well, they won’t hesitate to bust some moves for an extra clue. You know you got someone on your team that will do it.

Conclusion

If you think your team has what it takes to beat our escape rooms games, then contact us to book a team building event.

Why choose us over other types of team building activities?

  • Escape rooms games only last one hour.
  • We work with your schedule.
  • Affordable pricing-we offer group discounts.
  • Social connection-the whole team has to band together to win.
  • Four fun escape rooms to choose from.

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