When you book an escape room adventure as a team-building activity with co-workers, you'll normally learn the recommended group size for the room that you select. While there's nothing wrong with heeding this advice, you might alternatively want to think about entering the escape room with a smaller group. For example, if a particular room's recommendation is 10 participants, you might consider going in with eight. There are several advantages to keeping your group a little smaller, including the following:
Fewer Contrasting Opinions
In the escape room environment, it's important for everyone to feel empowered to contribute ideas that can help solve the various problems that are in front of the group. However, you may find that with a larger group it becomes difficult to decipher the best way to move forward when there are many people shouting contrasting opinions. If you have multiple people offering multiple ideas, your group can quickly get stalled as you try to determine the best way to proceed — all while the clock ticks down. A smaller group offers fewer contrasting opinions, which can often be helpful when it comes to beating the escape room in time.
Less Physical Congestion
Some escape room environments are small, which means that they can get a little congested when your group is large. Given that escape rooms can have lots of activity with people running around and excitedly trying to solve the puzzles, a large group can sometimes be difficult. You don't want your progress slowed because it's physically difficult for different group members to move around. For example, if one of the puzzles involves taking a clue from one side of the room to the other, the person has to be able to navigate the room quickly. With a smaller group, this is easier.
More Chance For Involvement
When you partake in a team-building escape room experience with a larger group, it's possible that some members won't get to be as involved as they might like. A handful of participants who perhaps have more assertive personalities can end up making most of the decisions and leading the progress of the group, which may make some people feel left out. When you go with a smaller group, you'll count on everyone to be involved. A smaller number of participants can mean that everyone needs to lend a hand to solve the puzzle and escape in the allotted amount of time.