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Escape Rooms are the Perfect 21st-Century Team Builder

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People love to do what they’re good at. It’s the role of a team leader to help them discover what that is, as well as to surround them with similarly-motivated employees. But finding an activity that is a team builder is tough. Too often, team-building events are used as excuses to get out of the office without actually learning or improving anything. Time is often spent not even getting to know fellow employees better. Escape rooms provide the perfect cure for the common team-building exercise.

The most important part of a team-building process is getting everyone involved and working toward a common goal. In an escape room, the goals are clearly stated. The variety of puzzles and challenges available provide something for everyone, no matter what their specific skills are. Escape room groups require someone to step up as a leader, and all different types of thinkers to solve the puzzles. Communication is the key to a good team, and that’s never been truer than in escape rooms.

When players are fully engaged in the thrill of trying to escape, they’re required to trust and communicate with one another. Escape rooms are about taking risks together in a safe environment and trusting your instincts, both of which are critical skills for team members to possess. Regardless of your industry, escape rooms provide a fun environment to evaluate your team’s cohesiveness and look for opportunities to improve it. You can even keep the experience going with a debrief back at the office to extend the fun and make sure everyone got the most out of it.

Most importantly–Escape rooms are a blast! The easiest way to make something memorable is to make it fun. A photo of your team’s success may hang up at an employee’s desk for the next few years. Why not leave the boring, stale team-building activities to companies that are stuck in the 20th century? Escape rooms are not only a popular new form of entertainment for everyone, they’re the perfect team-building exercise. Lockology Columbus has a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor and supports up to 8 players at once.

 

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Experiencing an Escape Room

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Your cell phone rings, it’s the department. You answer your phone and listen as your boss gives you an address. There’s been another murder and this time it’s at Lockology Escape Rooms in Columbus, OH. You assemble your team of investigators and head to the crime scene. For sixty minutes, you and your team will be working together to solve this murder and catch the killer.

Are you the type of person who has always enjoyed crime shows on television? With Lockology’s “The Crime Scene” escape room, you will be experiencing an escape room through the thrill of solving the crime instead of only watching. It’s a perfect room for beginners and experienced players alike.

What is an Escape Room?

You may be asking, “What is an escape room?” I’ll tell you.

An escape room is a real-world adventure game where you’ll be locked in a room to solve a variety of puzzles and riddles, within a given time frame. If you can, you escape, and you win.

Escape rooms offer social and physical experiences while providing you with a chance to vicariously live through different scenarios. Sounds fun right? I promise it is. Escape rooms are a wonderful activity to do with friends and family. The teamwork required to beat one is a great way to connect with each other while having an awesome time. With escape rooms, no one is excluded! Regardless of age, everyone can help while having a great time! Maybe everyone has gotten bored with the normal family and friend outings such as the movies or a restaurant. Escape rooms are perfect out of the box experiences that are sure to leave you and your family with lasting memories.

Lockology Escape Rooms

If you live in or around Columbus, OH, and you’re interested in experiencing an escape room, or maybe even ready to book your second or third, Lockology Columbus Escape Rooms is the perfect place to do so!

Along with the crime scene room, the “Haunted Prison” room also offers a great challenge to anyone daring enough to accept. With a moderate to hard difficulty level, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a haunting experience and a mental workout. Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming “Mayan Temple of Knowledge,” Lockology Columbus’s most difficult escape room yet! For more information, or if you have any questions about Lockology Escape Rooms, please give us a call at 1-888-693-7105 or contact us through our website.

Have you decided who will be on your team? Your friends, your family? Maybe your partner or your colleagues? Whoever may it be, the most important question remains, can you escape?

 

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A Great Escape from Boredom for Family and Friends

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Sometimes it can be hard for the family and friends to try and do something fun together. Parents plop in front of the TV, kids are glued to their tablets. Or you go out with your friends, but everyone’s texting away on their phones. And sure, you’re all hanging out, but don’t you wish you could all do something with each other? Of course, there’s always going out to the movies or a museum, but that’s all been done before. You want to escape from boredom.

You want something new. Something exciting.

Something fun and mysterious and full of adventure that everyone will love. You need to try an escape room.

A Great Escape

What, you may ask, is an escape room? An escape room involves being locked in a room for a limited amount of time and solving various puzzles to – you guessed it – escape. Family and friends must all work together to figure out the clues in a limited amount of time in order to break out.

There’s a mystery to solve or a story you’re a part of, so it’s like being in a live-action video game. Except everyone’s playing at once. You all get a starring role. And since you must riddle your way out of the room as a team, everyone gets a shot to help out and discover their inner detective and escape from boredom.

It gets you talking to each other, and you may even learn something new! Maybe your cousin is actually a Sherlock Holmes in disguise, or maybe your best friend will uncover a penchant for puzzle-solving, or maybe you realize you all just really love escape rooms.

There are even differently themed rooms to explore – so one day your friends might feel like escaping a haunted prison you’ve somehow ended up locked in, and another evening you and your family might feel more like solving a murder based on a crime scene. The world of escape rooms is your oyster.

And the sweet, sweet taste of victory once you all escape? Priceless.

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Not Your Typical Team Building Experience

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Problem-solving, working under pressure, communication and leadership are four skills you will have an opportunity to explore with your employees and coworkers during a team building experience at Lockology Columbus Escape Room. Get locked into a themed puzzle room with your team to try to solve clues and escape the room. It is a much more entertaining and interactive experience than your typical corporate team building event.

Problem Solving

The clues in our escape rooms are not designed to be solved quickly. You have to work things out and piece things together to be successful, sometimes thinking abstractly. This is a great way to push your group to think outside the box and figure out which pieces fit together.

Working Under Pressure

When your team enters the room of choice, everyone will have an hour to work together, solve the puzzle and win the game. Some people work better with strict deadlines. When the clock starts counting down, participants need to keep calm and focused to work through the clues efficiently.

Communication

Talking with each other when trying to solve one of our puzzles is crucial to beating the clock. The group needs to split up and examine the room for any clues that might be around and try to figure out what the clues mean or where they go. Quietly sorting an idea in the corner will not cut it with the time limit.

Leadership

Splitting up is a great way to find the many facets of the room that you will actually need for the puzzle. Some people will have to step up and examine the organization of the process. If people get stuck, they need to find a way to look at that bit in a new light or take a break from it and work on another piece, which takes the savvy to know when to back off or persevere.

Using an escape room as a team building experience is an engaging way to check out your group’s strengths and weaknesses. Even if you do not successfully solve the puzzle, you will gain insight into what your employees excel at and what needs improvement. Contact Lockology Columbus Escape Room to plan your next team building event.

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4 Reasons to Take Your Team Members to An Escape Room for a Fun Night Out

If you want to boost productivity in the workplace, you should organize after-work events. Taking your team members to an escape room is a great way to improve their performance.

It Helps Them Bond

In order for there to be a positive atmosphere in the workplace, the employees need to be comfortable with each other. One way to make this happen is by organizing after-work events where they can get to know each other and have a great time together.

It Helps Them Collaborate

In an escape room, everyone has to work together to figure out the puzzles and escape the room. If collaboration at the office is sometimes stressed, working together in a relaxed and fun environment without any of the usual work pressures will greatly help your employees’ collaboration skills, which will transfer back to the workplace. It will boost the team spirit. Going to an escape room will help your employees develop their problem-solving skills. It will bring out the leadership qualities in them. It will help improve communication between the team members.

It Boosts Their Morale

Everyone needs a break from work. Show your employees your appreciation by taking them on a fun night out. You can also do this when your team has reached certain milestones. Celebrate each milestone that an individual or your team reaches for your team to do a much better job. Everyone wants to feel valued, needed and appreciated. In addition, when all your employees work together to get things done, they will feel better about themselves in general.

They Deserve It

Besides all of the benefits, take your employees to an escape room simply because they deserve it. They worked hard together, and it is time to show them your appreciation by giving them a good time and a night of fun.

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Lockology, An Escape From Your Couch

Looking forward to yet another action-packed day of social media?

Anticipating a rousing Saturday afternoon on the couch, watching the family stare at their phones?

Probably not.

What if you could give them all some real puzzles to work on, instead? In fact, what if you could bring together the satisfaction of puzzle-solving with some of the adrenaline of paintball? You can!

Lockology Escape Rooms offers exactly the solution to the social media zombie craze that your family needs! You’ll have to work together to find and examine clues in order to complete such disparate tasks as solving a ‘murder’ or simply escaping from a room into which you’ve all been locked. You can finally escape from your couch.

Yes, you can volunteer to have your entire family locked in a room together with only your collective problem-solving abilities to save you! Don’t laugh, it’s very likely you’ll have a blast!

All your family’s wits will be tested as you dig through the room, finding and using the tools at hand to decipher and assemble a variety of puzzle pieces, both physical and ephemeral. You’ll have to work together and keep level heads in order to get out under the time limit!

Those video-gaming skills your kids have been honing may actually have a real-world use. As a matter of fact, the Escape Room concept actually originated in video games so you or your kids may have some practical skills already, though you may not realize it.

This is an action-filled, real-world adventure that is fun for everyone and an excellent opportunity for your family to pull together and learn to better rely on each other. You’ll have a great time and go home with a much stronger sense of ‘family’ than you would have gotten from yet another night on social media. As a matter of fact, although the idea may be new to you, it’s likely your kids have already heard about Escape Rooms from friends. Take this opportunity to show your kids how much fun you can have while getting everyone off the couch for a few, fun-filled hours.

Go get locked in!

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Challenges Can Launch A Solid Team Building Adventure

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The key to a solid team is providing a challenging and fun team building adventure that your staff will remember. Often, conflicting personality styles create the need for outside influence to take control and manipulate a situation to allow for everyone’s success. But when people are forced to work together, magical moments of peace and understanding begin to emerge.

Skillsets

Your staff members have their own unique skills and knowledge sets that enable them to effectively perform their jobs, and this is powerful. However, sometimes people become too reliant on themselves when solving problems. Yes, your people may work together efficiently at times, and perhaps there is little noticeable conflict within your organization. But can you say that your teams are TRULY utilizing each other’s talents as much as possible? Chances are, the answer is no.

The Challenge

The reason that teams are often disconnected, or not perfectly functioning machines, is because people are TOO good at their own jobs. When an individual knows that they can do their part effectively and with few errors, they are more vulnerable in becoming detached from the big picture. It is understandable, but what happens when these high performing team members are forced to work in tandem with their peers? Lock your team in a room together, level the playing field with a foreign challenge, and you’re sure to find out.

The Locked Room

Escape the room team building adventures present organizations with exotic challenges that are fun, entertaining, and effective in creating an environment of teamwork that few other things offer. Your team members will have to rely on each other’s unique talents and personalities while building a plan for escape while embarking on a brand new adventure, that no workplace environment can offer. You’ll see people shifting perspective and relying on each other to truly BUILD together. Relationships are enriched, and perhaps even created, when people are forced into a community in the name of survival and perseverance.

Escape!

We know that team building adventures help create more cohesive work environments, improved communication, and tighter relationships, but an escape room offers much more. Give it a try and watch your team members bloom!

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Movie Scene Escape Room

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Every business does not consist of individual employees as much as teams of people dedicated to solving problems that help the company produce the goods or services that create a profit. A recent article in the Balance suggests that a major part of making a business run smoothly is to turn groups of individuals into a team that works smoothly together.

Team building has been an integral part of running companies for as long as companies have existed. Modern corporations will often set aside time for teams of their employees to play games together, either onsite or at an offsite location. Sometimes these events are just occasions for employees to get to know one another in a less stressful setting.

Escape rooms provide a unique opportunity for team building for two reasons. First, they are an awful lot of fun in ways that are probably unfamiliar to most people. Escape rooms are a new but rapidly growing phenomenon that places people in fun and interesting interactive scenarios. Second, a session in an escape room allows employees to practice solving problems in a movie scene escape room. In a real sense, they are making their own movie or TV show while learning to work together.

The Crime Scene scenario at our facility is a classic example. We have seen the crime scene in hundreds of TV shows and movies, with the dead body, the detectives, and the forensic scientists working together to solve the murder. Your employees will assume these roles and, with clues that are available, perhaps catch a criminal.

The Haunted Prison is a slightly more challenging scenario. Everyone has seen this movie too. However, with some clear-headed problem solving, it can end better for your employees than for characters in the film.

The Mayan Temple of Knowledge is the most exciting scenario soon to be available. Indiana Jones, Rick and Evie from “The Mummy” movies, and even the “Stargate” team of SG1 have been there. Now your people can live an adventure through a movie scene escape room.

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An Escape From Reality

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Let’s face it, life in the world of work can become stressful. At times, even seeing our peers and co-workers on a daily basis can become repetitive. This is where we can all use a company retreat. After all, we do see these people every day! Enter our modern day escapes or escape rooms to be exact. At Lockology Columbus Escape Room, that is our specialty.

Each escape room is designed to offer a different challenge with its own difficulty level. In our escape room, The Crime Scene, your team of private investigators can solve a murder mystery by finding clues and searching through the scene of the crime. If your team works close together you just might find out who the killer is too! Or you can try your luck in our Haunted Prison and see if your team can make it out of this ghost town jail as quickly as possible! Just don’t let the echoing laughter in your new prison home get to you. With an additional room and new experiences on the way, your teams are sure to have to communicate and come together to try and solve each challenge that is presented.

You will have up to 60 minutes in our escape rooms to work together as a team to try and get yourselves out. It’s important to collaborate, solve clues, and puzzles that will lead to your freedom. Each room has a maximum of 8 players allowed. If your party is larger than that, no big deal! Have teams compete by splitting the party into halves. Nothing spells team building more than some friendly competition among peers! On top of that, we are open all days of the week for all of your scheduling and planning needs. So let us handle the task of reinvigorating your team or hosting your corporate events. Please contact us for further details and booking.

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Corporate Escape: Off Site Team Building

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Columbus, OH executives are making use of an exciting and innovative team building platform: Escape Rooms. This relatively new form of entertainment has been sweeping the nation for about a decade. More recently, their potential as an excellent off-site team building opportunity is being realized.

What is an Escape Room?

The original escape rooms were developed to create a real-life experience modeled on popular mobile-based video games. These puzzle games start the user in a locked room full of objects. By interacting with the environment, the user can unlock clues that will ultimately lead to opening the door to exit the room to the next level.

Live escape rooms work on a similar principle. However, cutting-edge companies have integrated complex storylines, in-depth characters, and problem-solving puzzles that require cooperation to complete, making them ideal for team building.

What Are the Benefits of Escape Rooms for Corporate Team Building?

  • Small teams of 8 work closely together to beat the clock.
  • Teams score by time, allowing them to compete for prizes or a runoff in a second challenge.
  • Get employees out of their familiar environments to encourage new perspectives and shatter the dreaded “comfort zone.”
  • Genuine fun and excitement to add some adrenaline to the mix.
  • Inexpensive compared to many corporate team building workshops.

Where Can I Find an Escape Room in Columbus?

If you happen to have your headquarters near Columbus, OH be sure to check out Lockology Escape Rooms.

We currently have two different rooms, each with their own storyline and unique puzzles, with a third coming soon. Each room is ranked by difficulty, allowing you to design a championship model with the top teams competing against each other, while still including everyone in the first round.

In addition, Lockology offers low rates for weekday bookings, helping to keep costs within the budget.

For more information about Lockology Escape Rooms in Columbus, give us a call at 1-888-693-7105.