Seattle Team Building Ideas: Escape the Room!

November 1, 2022 by Nate Martin

We’ve all been part of teams that simply didn’t gel. Maybe you’re part of one now; every project feels like a struggle, every interaction a frustrating push and pull. A dysfunctional team is enough to turn anyone’s hair gray (or make it fall out altogether). 


Sound like you? Here’s our little secret: an escape room with Puzzle Break might be just what you need to help your team work better together.


Did you know that Puzzle Break brought escape rooms to America back in 2013? And that we are global innovators in team building? We’ve even got virtual options for folks working online or in a hybrid setup. But this one’s for our friends in Seattle looking to improve their teamwork skills and boost morale – so let’s dive into the details!


What is an escape room? 


Imagine for a moment that you’re locked in a room with five of your least favorite colleagues. Daunting, right? Absolute nightmare fuel. But add some mind-bending puzzles and an exciting storyline, and you’ve got yourself a team building activity to mend even the most burnt of bridges and build new ones!


Escape rooms have come a long way since the early 2000s. They first became popular in Japan and then spread to other countries, including the United States and Canada (which is where we came in as the first escape room in the US!)


The concept is pretty simple:

  • A group of people – whether they be friends, family, or colleagues (or a mix) – enter a room together, brains buzzing. 
  • Once inside, they are faced with a series of puzzles that generally lead to the conclusion of a thrilling plot line. 
  • The goal is to solve all of the puzzles in as little time as possible, and definitely before the timer runs out. 

It’s the perfect mix of fun, challenge, and thrill, which is why escape rooms are considered one of the most effective team building exercises out there. 

Why is an escape room a safe bet for my Seattle team?


According to an Escape Room Industry Insights Report by escaperooms.com, across a million reviews, the average satisfaction level falls at 94%. That’s pretty high! And, people who have done an escape room are 3.5 times more likely to recommend it to others. So yeah – it’s a pretty solid bet. 


Not only do escape rooms come with incredible reviews across the board, but they’re also flexible enough to suit any situation. Want to add an element of competition? Divide your team into two groups and see which one can escape first. Trying to build team cohesion? Put your team in one room and see if they can beat the clock. 


But the safest thing about trying an escape room is that it’s almost impossible to walk away from the experience without something good to show for it. Here’s what we mean:

  • You’ll still be spending a day out of the office getting to know your colleagues better. 
  • No matter your performance, you’ll get to identify areas where your team needs to improve. 
  • Unforgettable memories will be created with your team, and that’s priceless.

And if you visit Puzzle Break, you’re guaranteed to have the best experience no matter your team’s size or background. Bring your team and experience the best team building adventure Seattle has to offer. 


Team building: why do it?


You may see team building as a complete waste of time, especially if you’re already in a team that ‘gets the job done’ well enough. Why waste time connecting with people you never talk to outside the workplace?


But team building is an investment – and a crucial one, at that. Companies with engaged employees stand to make 2.5 times more revenue than those with disengaged employees. 


Aside from revenue, though, there’s plenty to gain from team building. Why go to work each day with acquaintances? Your colleagues don’t have to be your friends, per se; but it makes a huge difference to your day-to-day life if you can crack a joke or share a laugh at work. 


And of course, there’s the benefit of getting your work done more efficiently. Team building allows you to communicate better with the people around you – so no more frustrating mixed messages or information being lost in the pipeline. 


How can you make the most of your team’s experience in a Seattle escape room


Escape rooms are incredibly fun, but with the right tips and tricks up your sleeve, they can be even better. Here are some tips on making the most of your experience: 

  • Make sure everyone knows the objective and understands their role in achieving it. This will help ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal and avoid any confusion during the game.
  • Work together! One person can’t do everything – it takes a team to solve all the puzzles and riddles. Encourage everyone to contribute their ideas and listen to others’ suggestions.
  • Think outside the box. The best way to escape is to think creatively and use all the resources at your disposal, including those that may not be immediately obvious.
  • Be patient. Some puzzles may take longer to solve than others. If you find yourself stuck, take a step back and take a deep breath. Remain calm and clear-headed in order to continue making progress.
  • Be observant! Everyone on the team should be looking for clues and paying attention to details. 
  • Don’t forget to communicate. If someone on the team is struggling with a puzzle, offer help or encouragement. And if you’re stuck, ask for help from your teammates – there’s no shame in admitting you need a little assistance.
  • Have fun! The most important part of any team-building exercise is that everyone enjoys themselves. If your team is having fun, they’ll be more likely to work together effectively and build positive relationships with each other.

What makes our Puzzle Break escape rooms unique?

When it comes to our escape rooms at Puzzle Break, it’s not a question of if, but when. We’re the real deal! As the first legit escape room company in the US, we’re industry fiends – and we are passionate about perfecting the art of escape. 


With our state-of-the-art designs and tech you’d be hard-pressed to find in other escape rooms, the Puzzle Break experience is like none other. Here are a few of our rooms available now in Seattle:

The Eventide Departure


Can you and your companions solve the mystery of the last will and testament of the departed Professor Firestone and escape the ritual before it’s too late?


This room has a revolutionary dueling escape game option, featuring two digitally-connected copies. Unravel the mystery alone with your team, or go head-to-head against rival adventurers!


Puppeteer’s Workshop


A legendary stage puppeteer has returned from an unexplained hiatus and is searching for a new apprentice. Does your team have what it takes to conquer his challenges? Be on your guard; things are not always what they seem…


Escape the Lost Temple

Featuring technology seen nowhere else in the world. Does your team of adventurers have what it takes to solve the mysteries of this hidden temple and escape before it’s too late?


Escape from Seattle – The World’s Fair Affair


One of the most premium immersive experiences in the world, our love letter to Seattle history & culture features never-before-seen technology, and a thrilling story. Does your team of researchers have what it takes to discover the secret of a mysterious tycoon?


As you can see, we’ve got plenty on offer in our Seattle escape room HQ. And if your team prefers to set up somewhere else, we’ve got portable escape rooms that can be run in any office or conference space!

How can you book an escape room?

Here at Puzzle Break, we’ve been rated one of the best Escape Rooms in Seattle by TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google Maps. Our rooms are ideal for teams of 2-8 people, but if you have a larger group, let us know ahead of time and we’ll make sure to adapt to your team. 


And guess what? We also offer virtual escape rooms if you have team members who work remotely. You can buy tickets on our website for any of the experiences we offer.


Final Seattle escape room thoughts


An escape room is the perfect unconventional way to build team skills and communication and bring your team closer together as a group. Why spend an hour doing pointless trust falls when you could be cracking codes and unraveling intricate puzzles?


Puzzle Break escape rooms in Seattle provide a unique, fun, and challenging way to test your team’s problem-solving skills and communication ability under pressure! Whether you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your team or a way to promote teamwork and communication, an escape room is a great option. 


So why not give it a try? For more information on each of our rooms, and to book your experience, head on over to www.puzzlebreak.us. You can also contact us with any questions.

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