Today, many employers have finally got the message that it takes innovative activities to foster a team mindset among their staff. While the thought of solving puzzles for an hour or so may fill you with excitement, it is also normal to feel a little nervous if you have never been in this type of game before. As you prep for your company's team-building treat, use these tips to make sure your contributions help everyone succeed.
Make Sure to Give a Shout Out
This is one time when it's best to shout at your coworkers. As you search through the room, encourage everyone to shout out what they find. Although this may temporarily create some chaos, it is the fastest way to put related clues together such as a lock and a key.
Know What False Clues to Leave Out
Once you start searching, it is easy to think that everything is a clue. For instance, you might think that a power outlet is a fake cover for a hidden hint. Keep in mind that game masters must always keep the players safe. Therefore, they won't stick in a clue in the ceiling or in an electrical source unless its obvious that it is safe such as an unplugged television set that just needs to be moved.
Escape room games are designed to have you solve multiple puzzles, and you can speed up the process of finding solutions by having everyone work on separate riddles at once. Make sure that you emerge as a leader by helping your coworkers find puzzles that fit their best skills. For instance, you could have a mathematically inclined person try to figure out the numerical code to open a lock, or you could suggest that two people try to decode a secret message that you think is linked to
Don't Take Keys Out
Typically, keys are not used more than once during the game. If you a find a key that works in a lock, then leave it in there. This way, you don't waste time trying to find a lock to fit a key that has already been used and gets mixed up with the others. You can take this tip a step further by organizing other objects into "used" and "unused" piles. While some objects might be used more than once, this gives you a better idea of what might be need to solve a puzzle next.
Make sure that you do your part as a team by knowing how to encourage everyone to quickly find clues while discarding any information that they don't need to use. While it sometimes takes a few tries to get out of one of these rooms, you can inspire everyone to put their heads together and figure out a successful escape.