Once COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Missouri, Founder and President of Mostly Serious Jarad Johnson and his team began to work remotely, and only worked from the company office for client meetings. During that time, Johnson says Mostly Serious had time to work out kinks, including getting clients used to teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings, before the team began its mandatory work from home.
For other industries, working remotely looks a little different. Robert Fulp, CEO of Springfield First Community Bank, says the bank divided its employees into two teams, an “A” team and a “B” team. Each team switches off each week working from home to working in-office as an extra means of reducing the number of staff in the workplace.
As weeks pass with no physical interaction between employees and colleagues, local companies are working to stay connected through email, texts, phone calls and video conferencing platforms. Many businesses are trying to keep the same company culture, just through different methods. Johnson says team member Spencer Harris greets everyone that walks in the office in the morning with a “hello.” Now the tradition has moved to Slack, where Johnson says employees use the opportunity to express how they’re feeling. And the company has continued to use software to stay connected, like using Zoom during the lunch hour to catch up like they would in the office.