When restrictions stemming from the COVID pandemic caused many bars to shut their headquarters and move to remote work, they came up with new ways to keep their staffs communicating and working efficiently.
But what about morale? As the pandemic lasts longer than many thought it would, questions arise about how the prolonged time working remotely (or in some cases, mostly remotely) has an impact on employees’ mood—and what can help make things better.
"Zoom fatigue is real," says Lori Maher McCombs, executive director of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Many bars have relied on Zoom, Microsoft Teams and similar online meeting tools to continue doing much of their work. Without direct, in-person meetings, however, some personnel dynamics get lost.
"Bonding is driven by culture. It's hard when you're not in those environments," McCombs says. While she is the only staff person for AWLGKC, McCombs is also executive director of the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City, and talks regularly with executives from other associations and companies facing similar issues.