Escape rooms can teach us a few teamwork lessons, as we solve a variety of puzzles and challenges with our team. Although faced with time pressure, with teamwork, you and your fellow participants can achieve victory in an escape room. Here’s how:

1. Clear Communication

Communicate openly and effectively with your team. Share findings, ideas, and insights to keep everyone informed and on the same page. As you discover clues or solve puzzles, share your findings promptly with the team. Use descriptive language to paint a clear picture. Be specific about locations, colors, shapes, and any other relevant details that could help others understand the information better. Foster an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and ideas openly. When someone shares a clue or observation, make sure everyone listens attentively and acknowledges the information. If something is unclear or ambiguous, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Avoid making assumptions, and instead, seek confirmation from other team members to ensure everyone is on the same page.

2. Collaborative Problem-Solving

Every team member brings unique experiences and perspectives to the table. Encourage open discussion and welcome ideas from everyone, regardless of their background or expertise. Combine different strengths to tackle puzzles and challenges from multiple angles. Moreover, understand that creative problem-solving often involves experimentation and trial and error. Don’t be afraid to try out different approaches, even if they seem unlikely to succeed initially. Learn from failures and use them as opportunities to refine your strategies. As you progress through the escape room, revisit previous puzzles and solutions to see if there are any new insights or perspectives that could lead through breakthroughs.

3. Division of Tasks

Divide the room into sections or tasks and assign specific roles to each team member. For example, designate someone as the puzzle solver, another as the clue tracker, someone else as the note-taker, and so on. Assign tasks that play to each team member’s strengths to maximize efficiency. This prevents duplication of effort and ensures thorough exploration of the room. While each team member may have their assigned tasks, encourage collaboration and support among team members. Be willing to assist each other when needed and share information or insights that could help others progress in their tasks. It is also important to be flexible and adaptable in your approach to task division. If a particular task proves to be more challenging than expected or if someone is struggling with their assigned role, be prepared to adjust and reassign tasks as needed.

4. Effective Time Management

Keep track of time and prioritize tasks accordingly. Assign time limits for each task or puzzle within the escape room. Break down the available time into manageable segments and allocate specific time frames for completing different parts of the game. This helps you prevent spending too much time on one puzzle and ensures you stay on track. Make sure to communicate time constraints to the team throughout the game. Keep everyone informed about how much time is left and encourage prioritizing tasks accordingly. Remind team members to stay focused and avoid getting bogged down on one puzzle for too long. Schedule regular check-ins with the team to assess progress and adjust strategies if necessary. Use these check-ins as opportunities to evaluate how well you’re managing time and whether any adjustments need to be made to stay on track.

5. Support and Encouragement

Create an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, ideas, and concerns openly. Celebrate each team member’s contributions and achievements, no matter how small. In the face of time pressure or challenging puzzles, it’s important to stay calm and composed. Be willing to lend a hand to team members who may be struggling with a particular puzzle or task. Maintaining a positive attitude boosts morale and keeps the team motivated throughout the escape room experience.

Victory in escape rooms is not about individuals but about working together as a cohesive team. An escape room activity can help improve teamwork at work while providing a fun and engaging environment for your team to bond.