Updated: May 31, 2021
How do you keep morale high after nearly a year of remote work? Even in normal circumstances, it can be challenging to teach teams how to work together. The task is even more daunting when members are separated by both physical distance and the barriers of technology. However, effective teamwork is still an essential element of workplace satisfaction. By participating in an online virtual escape room, leaders can strengthen group dynamics from the safety of home.
Some Online Escape Rooms are specially designed to focus on the 5 C’s of effective teamwork: communication, critical thinking, coordination, collaboration, and camaraderie.
A joint research project between Mystery Escape Room and Carnegie Mellon University determined that the average corporate team performs 48% less well than the top groups in a problem-solving situation. This is because most corporate teams operate with a top-down leadership structure that stifles performance. Online virtual escape rooms combat this problem by promoting structured autonomy. In structured autonomy, the team leader is more focused on facilitating the success of each team member than they are in their own personal authority.
The Minutes to Midnight Virtual Escape Room is designed to simulate this more equitable and dynamic leadership structure through online team building. By taking ownership of individual tasks while continuously communicating with their team, players piece together a mystery and contribute to the success of the entire team.
Businesses love to discuss the importance of agility, or the ability to react quickly to change. But before teams can be agile they must develop critical thinking skills. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when many businesses transitioned quickly to an online format, managers had to think quickly about what constituted the essential elements of their business. Only by evaluating data correctly could businesses hope to be agile and adapt quickly to change.
Similarly, escape rooms present teams with complex problems, requiring them to analyze clues, synthesize, and form conclusions. The Sherlock vs. Moriarty Virtual Escape Room continually presents teams with new information that forces them to reevaluate what they already know and change course, increasing mental flexibility and agility.
The principle of Structured Autonomy holds that teams perform best when everyone is aware of their place within the larger organization. Coordination is the harmonious arrangement of individual efforts toward a common goal. It’s not enough to simply accomplish your personal task and communicate with your team. Successful projects require a group understanding of how each individual project contributes to the greater whole.
In an escape room, teams must trust each other to complete individual tasks, while remaining aware of each other, especially if one person is struggling. The Nancy Drew Virtual Escape Room guides players down different tracks, with the understanding that no one person can experience the entire adventure. To be successful, teams must keep the overarching goal in mind and coordinate efforts to accomplish a single mission.
Sometimes a task is too work-intensive for one person to accomplish alone. Even under structured autonomy, situations will arise in which participants must put aside their own tasks in order to assist one another. Effective collaboration requires multiple team members to work together on a single task, breaking it down into manageable parts. Agile teams will be able to easily transition from their own tasks to collaborative tasks - and back again.