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New in Team Building: Escape Rooms and Scavenger Hunts

Team-building activities have long been part of office life. They encourage better working relationships between employees and teams and help form bonds that might not typically occur during employees’ day-to-day routines. But as more and more companies emphasize the importance of team building, the demand for more unique and engaging experiences increases. The resulting trend: the emergence and rise of escape rooms and citywide scavenger hunts.

According to the Chicago Tribune, these new experiences bring a level of excitement—and perhaps effectiveness—to the once-dreaded outings. And our clients agree. We’ve seen an increase in the demand for these types of events and even tested one out ourselves—The Escape Room Races, which combines the themes and puzzles of an escape room with the adrenaline-fueled competition and cityscape of a scavenger hunt. Not only did our team get completely wrapped up in the competition, but it’s been the talk of the office ever since.

We’re all in this together

One of the reasons that these types of events are so successful is because they help level the playing field for introverts and extroverts. Everyone involved is immediately thrown into the game, which acts as a natural icebreaker. So there’s no more standing around with a drink in hand, searching for conversation starters. These games also keep things level across your organization. Everyone from the CEO down to the intern is thrown into the same boat. The person who finds the first clue or has a strategy to solve the puzzle takes the reins—not the person with the most seniority.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Scavenger hunts and escape rooms may also be a more effective way to improve teamwork. Rather than establishing trust by falling backwards into someone’s arms, attendees are actually required to work together to solve a puzzle. Your team will learn how best to work with their teammates and how to think creatively to solve problems (disguised as a game). Chances are, if guests enjoy the activity, they’ll be more excited to grow their new relationships back at the office.

Don’t stop the party

Beyond building camaraderie and improving productivity through teamwork, there’s another added benefit for the event host. In order to accomplish the challenge, guests will need to stay for the entirety of the event. They can’t just duck into your happy hour and leave after one drink. So you’re guaranteed to get a substantial amount of bonding time when hosting these types of events.

Ready to kickoff your escape room or scavenger hunt event? Browse through escape rooms and citywide scavenger hunts across the country and book in one click. Or contact the event experts for suggestions or with questions.

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