Puzzle Break Escape Room Team Skills: Active Collaboration

March 4, 2021 by Nate Martin

When faced with a complicated problem, oftentimes people fall into the trap of trying to handle it all themselves. We get overwhelmed, convince ourselves that being busy is a better option than seeking out help and we fail to recognize that the team’s group objective is suffering because of it. This tendency presents itself especially strongly in escape rooms, and we keep this in mind when we design Puzzle Break experiences.

We pride ourselves on including challenges for a wide variety of personality types and skill sets; no matter where your strengths lie, there is almost always going to be an opportunity for participants  to shine and have an amazing time. Introverts and extroverts are both maximally catered to at Puzzle Break. That said, some of our escape experiences lean more aggressively into the “team”.

No one person can do it all. Trying to solve everything yourself, while perhaps easier in some senses, is also extremely slow. In the real world, problems usually move fast and evolve into bigger, worse problems if not solved quickly enough. This is where the practice of active collaboration shines.

Active Collaboration


Photo of a team making their way through our virtual escape experience: Hackfiltration. Teams that actively find ways to work together, even in this virtual environment, have a much higher success rate in our escape experiences.

Photo of a team making their way through our virtual escape experience: Hackfiltration. Teams that actively find ways to work together, even in this virtual environment, have a much higher success rate in our escape experiences.

The teamwork and collaboration gurus of Atlassian give a great description of this concept: “It’s the energy that binds a team together so that it rises toward a goal and navigates the ups and downs (and sideways) as one. The stronger the collaboration on a given project, the better the outcome – both for the team members and the organization as a whole.”


Photo of a remote team celebrating a previous success in School for Spies (don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler.) This experience pushes our participants to find solutions together, leaning on the skills of the whole group.

Photo of a remote team celebrating a previous success in School for Spies (don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler.) This experience pushes our participants to find solutions together, leaning on the skills of the whole group.

So while many of the challenges we create can be accomplished through division of labor and individual efforts, sooner or later the team will have to come together and work as a group. They may not all be working on the same parts of the challenge, but they’ll have to work together, share information, test hypotheses, and report the results to the group. It’s a moment where extroverts shine and introverts get a great opportunity for growth. While some Puzzle Break experiences emphasize this sort of challenge more than others, every game we design incorporates this concept to some degree. The reason for that is simple: active collaboration is something that we all experience in our lives, in and out of the workplace. You’ve almost certainly done it yourself already at some point, any time you and your teammates had to come together and collectively tackle a problem that needed to be addressed right now. 

Just like in a Puzzle Break escape room, you probably had to take a piece of the problem to solve using your own skills and knowledge and report your findings to the group as a whole for everyone else to build from. This can be a stressful experience for people, particularly for those uncomfortable with speaking in a group setting or being the center of attention. But by placing people in a low-stakes environment where the ramifications of failure are small or nonexistent, we take the pressure out of collaborative group work, and let people find their voice and their confidence.

It’s hard to overstate the value of that kind of moment. Gaining the confidence to fully, actively participate in a collaboration opportunity can be incredibly empowering for those who need some extra encouragement, and even for those who take to it more naturally. This is an especially important skill to hone now, with the global workforce becoming more distributed, likely permanently. As the distance between our desks stretches from different rooms to different cities, states or countries, we’re all going to have to brush up on our active collaboration skills going forward and Puzzle Break is here to help

– Nate


Looking to take your team’s performance to the next level? Puzzle Break’s Team-Building Experiences have been enjoyed by millions of participants across the globe. Whether you are hosting a:

  • Leadership Development session

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  • Virtual Team off-site

for a team of 5 or 500+, every experience is curated and moderated by our expert team at the time of your choice and is painstakingly designed to maximize participant buy-in, deliver proven employee development results, and provide a valuable morale and teamwork boost. Puzzle Break Team-Building Experiences are available now for unlimited players, anywhere. To get started click the link here or email booking@puzzlebreak.com to learn more.

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