There was an interesting article the other month about some surprising news from Google. In 2013, Google set an algorithm to crunching through all the data about hiring, firing, and promotions that had occurred at Google since 1998. Project Oxygen, as it was dubbed, generated a list of the 8 most important qualities for Google’s top employees. The shocking news? Hard STEM skills came in dead last after empathy, teamwork, communication, insight into others, problem solving, critical thinking, and being a good coach. What does this tell us about who should be on the top of your promotion list?
The first thing that’s worth noting is that most of these important traits aren’t the ones you’re going to find in the perfect student with a full course load of math and science. They’re the kind of skills that are learned in the “softer” classes that are usually considered unimportant: theatre, band, art, or choir. They’re also exactly the kind of skills you need to get through an escape room with your team.
Leadership and Being a Good Coach.
If your team wants to find their way through our escape rooms, they’ll have to work together. And that means everyone can’t go around bossing everyone else about. Nothing will get done. People who are natural leaders should be able to quickly understand which first steps need to get done and delegate those tasks to the person best suited for it. Great leadership is about making your team feel competent and confident, so they go out and do their best work.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!
Your business isn’t static, so who knows how big it’ll be and what services or products you’ll be offering five years down the road. That’s why it’s important to test the communication and leadership skills of your employees outside of the workplace. You need to see how they react when they aren’t in their comfort zone. Are they still pleasant and charismatic in a new situation? Are they able to quickly change tactics as new information is introduced? These are questions you should ask yourself when evaluating your employees.
If your organization is getting ready for promotions, we recommend getting out of the office and into an escape room. It’s the soft skills that make or break leadership, and you’ll learn more about your employees’ abilities to communicate and problem solve when you’re out of the workplace. Schedule your team today at Esxoss Manway, and enjoy fantastic corporate discounts for large teams!