...or why the future of your team building efforts should be more interactive!
The anticipation for the next off-site team event is always palpable among employees. So, why not consider an activity that is custom-made for team bonding? In this post, we delve into the various options for teams craving more from their future off-site events.
Active Employee Engagement: A Key to Positive Business Outcomes
The composition of teams is becoming increasingly diverse, and maintaining high team cohesion is crucial, especially as members come and go. One of the effective ways to retain top talent in your team is through active engagement. Engaged employees contribute to happier teams, which in turn lead to positive business outcomes.
As per Gallup, a new wave of making the workplace enjoyable is sweeping businesses due to higher levels of team engagement. However, while "active engagement" is soaring, a record 16% of employees are "actively disengaged." This gap, when viewed on a company-wide scale, has significant implications. Engaged employees consistently put more effort into their work and display a greater willingness to cooperate during challenging times. In contrast, disengaged staff are more likely to put in minimal effort and are quick to switch teams for marginally better offers.
SHRM suggests that fostering an environment that encourages employee engagement could significantly enhance employee retention by boosting productivity and overall loyalty.
The Role of Team Building Activities in Fostering Active Employee Engagement
Several factors drive employee engagement from the organizational and management levels. However, the core principle remains that happier employees translate into improved team performance.
Incorporating appropriate team building games can enhance individual morale and overall team cohesion. It’s a rewarding experience to witness a new team member participating actively in their first off-site event.
Escape Rooms: The Ultimate Team Building Exercise
Escape rooms could be one of the most effective ways to actively engage your team. These 60-minute adventures offer a chance for your team to hone skills vital for any business, while building mutual trust and having fun!
Escape rooms focus on crucial areas such as:
- Critical Thinking
Escape rooms challenge your ability to decipher cryptic information and apply it in innovative ways, fostering quick problem-solving skills essential for organizations.
Escape rooms are designed to require teamwork, promoting dialogue and information sharing among team members.
Escape rooms can highlight natural leaders in your team, regardless of their official roles in the company.
- Time Management
Teams that manage their time effectively in an escape room typically have a higher success rate, making this a crucial skill to hone.
Overcoming Hesitations and Myths About Escape Rooms
Despite being a relatively new industry, escape rooms have proven to be a versatile platform for team building. However, being a novel concept, some may hesitate to try it out. Our previous article addresses some common FAQs about escape rooms, from safety concerns to thematic variety.
Innovative Escape Room Formats for Your Team!
- Virtual Escape Rooms
Virtual escape rooms offer a fantastic solution for organizations that continue to operate remotely.
- Play-At-Office Escape Rooms
Escape Crates can provide a similar escape room experience right in your office conference or break room.
- Interactive Workshops
Several businesses offer interactive workshops that examine the events inside the escape room, drawing connections back to the workplace.
Additional Ways to Enhance the Escape Room Experience for Team Bonding
Splitting up the team
Competing for the best time in the room
Implementing new leadership dynamics
Observing your team while they play!
Escape Room Team Building: The Future
Escape Rooms provide a unique platform for your next team building activity. They offer interesting ways to bond the team