Teamflow is important and it is known to be key for a more efficient and productive workspace. This can be experienced and trained through a VR team building event. To truly understand the concept, we must understand the factors that make up the flow state. According to the founder and psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, these are the factors:
- You lose yourself
- You’re challenged
- You give your whole attention
- You feel completely immersed
- You have control of your actions
- You feel time pass differently
- You have clear goals
- You get immediate feedback
All of these factors can be experienced and tested through virtual reality, for example, virtual escape rooms. The concept behind an escape room is to solve puzzles together and only through teamwork the team is able to escape the room within one hour. Virtual Escape Rooms are the next level, through the use of the VR headsets, the team is completely immersed in a new reality. They are taken away from their comfort zone and tested both individually and collectively. The fact that they are taken out of their comfort zone forces them to expose their natural selves and skills. In this new reality, there is no sense of time meaning that their wholesome focus is to solve puzzles and to make it out in time together.
The group members receive immediate feedback from the game, colleagues, Amaze VR operators if needed and so they are compensated and motivated to continue their performance. It is also a controlled environment since they are unaware of the “real world” surroundings. Through the headsets, team members can communicate with incorporated mics and hereby allowing everyone to express their point of view and come up with unified decisions.