Escape Room Team Building: Why Hollywood Style Escapes Are Taking Off In Chicago

Employees often dread traditional forms of team building. Heading off to a ropes course to flail about in the rain for a day in the hope that it will rebuild some bridges between team members and liven up the office spirit doesn’t inspire much excitement in today’s workers. They’re used to high octane digital entertainment and problem solving games are just a touch away on their mobile devices. For those reasons we’re seeing corporate team building companies developing more immersive experiences, some of which are so good that people actually choose to go on them for fun as well as when forced by their companies. The Chicago Tribune reports that one such trend is Escape Rooms, which they note have been popular nationally for a while but are relatively new to Chicago. Escape room staff members either observe players problem-solving from inside the room or outside through camera surveillance, and can offer evaluations or group-led discussions following players’ escape, assessing how well the players collaborated with each other to survive. The events are run in Chicago by a company called Bucket List Productions who focus on making the events as much like participating in a TV adventure show as possible, rather than a simple puzzle solving experience. Naturally the corporate attendees are evaluated and given the opportunity to discuss their team building efforts, skills and experiences after the event,...

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