If you simply want to give your team a fun event, a shared common experience that they can talk about together, then any game would work well.
If however you have specific goals in mind then think about how the game will achieve these. Most games can be made to do almost anything you want, but don’t forget, you have access to our free team building ideas when you open an account, and you can always incorporate these games into the event.
Whatever you do, make sure you have some kind of feedback session included which can cover the topics you want to draw out from the exercise.
A few suggestions:
These are highlighted by all the games, as any game requires communication to solve the mystery. However there are specific skills with regards to communication that are probably shown more in the different games, for example:
Formulating appropriate questions: Dinner theatre, Multi-room games
Withholding information: Skit and clue based games
Bargaining: Skit and clue based games
Organisation within the team: All games, mainly dependent on how they are facilitated during the event.
Interrogation skills: Dinner theatre and Multi-room games.
Recording information: All games.
Feeding back to team mates: Dinner Party style games and Skit and Clue based scripts
Again these can be encouraged in all games, but certain elements are more obvious in some games. For example:
Leadership – All games depending on how they are facilitated. Feed back sheets are essential to find out how each team organised themselves and the information.
Meetings – Skills for meetings will be more obvious in the multi-room games when it comes to picking a winner, and also in the Clue based with short acted scenes, but are used in all.
Allocating tasks / delegation – All games, but more obvious in Clue based with short acted scenes.
Present in all games, again dependent on how they are facilitated – feedback is essential to show participants these elements in action.
Be aware: Multi-room games can lend themselves to working in isolation if you have some loners among your staff, so if you intend to use one of these, make sure people stay together and meetings are held between visits to cast members to discuss what has been discovered and what their next plan of action will be.
Where mystery games help particularly with regards to interpersonal skills is not necessarily in the here and now, but the effect they have long term, in that they give all your staff a shared experience, something in common upon which they can build relationships.
NOTE: The most important part of any team building event is the debrief and feedback. As a facilitator you will need to ensure you draw out of the experience the relevant points you want your staff to learn.