Discover the Best Team Building Activities London Has to Offer at Fox in a Box
Looking to get your team out of the office and show them an exciting but productive time? Need inspiration for the next work outing or wondering what the best team building activities in London are? Imagine your hard-working troupe using their combined powers of deductive logic to stop a nuclear disaster or escape from a high-security prison. What about exposing them to the whims of an infamous killer to get their blood pumping?
The pandemic hit team morale hard, and the gradual move back to the office has been slow to non-existent. Many managers and team leaders need team-building inspiration, a pep talk that’s both engaging and exciting. New colleagues need to be integrated; former colleagues need to reconnect, and companywide, managers seek to reinvigorate performance to drive results.
Although you may not have considered them, and however leftfield the idea may seem, escape rooms might just be the answer businesses have been looking for – we think they’re the best team building venues London has to offer.
An Escape Room is a high-energy adventure game in which players solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy – and, of course, common sense. You’ll be immersed in a fictional world far from the paperwork and office watercooler, a world where everything, from the props to the decor, are part of the puzzle. Watch as your team bonds from a shared objective: to save the world from nuclear disaster or flee from an infamous killer. Escape rooms have the power to elicit excited cheers and whoops from even the shyest of employees.
Escape rooms have become one of the best team building activities in London because they offer a thrilling challenge for the whole team. Whilst briefings, meetings and presentations are an integral part of running a business, especially a high-performing one, such mundane work tasks hardly inspire camaraderie or elation amongst teams. As such, office outings, celebrations and get-togethers offer the only chance teams have of socialising, bonding and getting to know one another outside of their everydays.
Savvy leaders and organisers see team get-togethers as a chance to socialise and team-build. If you’re new to escape rooms, they’re an experience unlike anything you've done before.
Team-building features of escape rooms
Escape rooms are an opportunity to mix up employees and split larger teams into small groups, giving those who don’t often interact a chance to speak to each other in an informal setting. Paul may have only met Peter a couple of times and are on no closer terms than a cursory nod in a corridor. Paired together in an epic prison escape adventure the two jailbreakers’ thinking turns out to be perfectly in sync. They form a bond and a friendship that transcends the escape room, and their combined thinking at work results in some exceptional developments.
To beat the escape-room challenge, teams must solve a series of clues by interacting with the environment in a high-octane race against the clock. To achieve victory, participants must be dynamic, creative and logical – attributes readily transferable to the workplace.
Along with being a test of logic and creativity, escape rooms also promote teamwork and communication skills. Teams can decide which room’s theme or storyline they’d like to try. Perhaps horror fans may opt for an escape-the-killer type room, whereas fans of apocalyptic movies would probably favour an end-of-the-world scenario. What’s important in terms of team building is that the room provides context and motivation for the participants, building the adrenaline and enhancing the experience.
Working (and playing) towards a common goal
Indoor team building activities bring staff together and may also improve morale and business. Our fabulous capital city offers many such activities to pandemic-weary and worn-out teams – and the best of these team building games have at their core a common goal. In a culture where workers perform a multitude of tasks on any given day, sometimes without fully understanding how their work contributes to the larger picture, having a common focus and goal, if only for a short time, can provide a unifying perspective.
Escaping prison or averting nuclear war may seem like an unusual team building activity. But every code, secret door or hidden object acts as a critical element in achieving that common goal. Viewed this way, escape rooms mirror the work world. And it’s no wonder that escape games appeal to people who think outside the box and like a challenge.
Unfortunately, some voices dominate workplace discussions, marginalising quieter or more reflective people. These employees struggle to voice opinions – a worrying situation for business leaders. It may be precisely these employees who have the brightest ideas that really make an impact in driving a business forward.
Corporate team building events in London are a chance for everyone to contribute equally, regardless of position or disposition. The best escape rooms in London build this democratic thinking into their games to ensure each player has a role and a say.
Did you manage to save the world? Escape from prison? Avoid the menacing clutches of an insane killer?
Whatever the result, you’re bound to have had a blast working together to complete your mission. And here’s the best bit about escape rooms as team-building exercises: everyone wants to chat about the experience afterwards, which is the perfect time for a post-event debriefing. And at Fox in a Box, we offer food and drink and a conference room for work teams to get together afterwards.
The detailed debrief can explore many elements. How did the experience align with the work environment? How did the pressure to escape within time increase communication and trust? What skills did the team show and where? Was there a puzzle that stood out as a particular nuisance to the team?
The fun (and team-building) has just begun
As a diverse city with a wide range of outdoor team building activities on offer, London is the place for the bizarre, the unique and the fantastic. But once your team is exposed to the thrill of the escape room experience, they’ll want to try more.
The improvements in motivation, communication and morale will amaze team leaders. It’s no wonder; escape rooms challenge these skills, as well as teamwork, initiative and leadership. Some escape rooms also allow participants to play head to head, adding a competitive edge to proceedings.
It’s no surprise that escape rooms have become one of the best team-building activities in London. They offer a fun challenge for the whole team, require skills transferable to the workplace and, of course, produce results.
Fox in a Box offers a unique package in which your team is observed and assessed as they undertake the escape room. The Experience provides great insights into working together, decision making, communication, working under pressure and leadership.
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