This summer’s new business meeting accessories: lawn chairs and sunscreen.
With offices still closed across much of the U.S., and workers starved for in-person collaboration amid the coronavirus pandemic, more companies and teams are meeting up in parks, on beaches or in gardens. Part strategy sessions, part social catch-ups, these small gatherings offer employees a chance to interact beyond Zoom, while still allowing for social distancing.
Companies say they are eager for any chance to bring employees together, even if outdoor gatherings can come with surprises. Managers have had to contend with jackhammers, thunderstorms and wildlife distractions, but many say they find the effort worthwhile.
“It felt a little strange bringing whiteboards along with our surfboards, but we were very productive,” said AJ Richichi, CEO of human resources technology firm Sentio. The Charleston, S.C., company closed its office in March, but held its first outdoor meeting this month on Folly Beach near the city.
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