Zoom meetings, 10-step commutes from our beds to our laptops, and online happy hours have become the new normal. Conversations now have a natural 2-second delay, and “Can you hear me now?“ is an instinctive response built into our dialogue these days.
As vaccination rates increase and returning to the office is a new incoming reality, one might think workers across the country would be eager to ditch their makeshift bedroom desk for a spacious office. Rather, a looming sense of social anxiety plagues the minds of those of us who were once experts at small talk and cubicle chatter.
Like all skills, social skills require practice and repetition. To go from working from the comfort of your pajamas to putting on your blazer and jumping back into office life is a huge leap.
Returning to the office for many now feels like the moments before a first date. “What are we going to talk about?” “What if it’s awkward?” In order to ease these anxieties, hosting a fun, no stakes ‘pre-office-return get together’ is the ice breaker we all need (and deserve). Like a first date, awkwardness and jitters are best alleviated over activity and play.
As we had to adjust to virtual work, returning to the office will also be an adjustment. Though our desk plants will be wilted, coffee mugs stained, and calendars a year outdated, reuniting with our coworkers face-to-face is the light at the end of the tunnel that will make all of those jitters worth it.
How will you be transitioning back to in-person work?
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As a hub for friendly competition, one would see plenty of high fives on any given night at a Bars & Recreation activity bar.
Bullseye at AXE MKE? HIGH FIVE!
Hole In One at Nine Below? HIGH FIVE!
Knocked the biscuit into the kitchen at NorthSouth Club? HIGH FIVE!
Buy another round? HIVE FIVE!
In the age of COVID-19, high fives are - at least for now - a celebration of the past. Never fear, the Bars & Rec team is here with options for your next triumphant salute.
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Team Building has been a consideration of successful workplaces since the late 1920’s. Nearly 100 years later, the execution of team building has encountered its most challenging hurdle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arguably, however, we are in a time that teams need the boost of identity, social support and cohesion more than ever.
In-person events will come back. Social time with colleagues, friends and family is the magic in life. The connection achieved in person is not the same online. Yet, during this unprecedented time, we can do more than simply plow through and hope for an end so we can connect again.
Bars & Recreation, Inc. thrives in hosting team building experiences at our venues: AXE MKE, Splash Studio, Nine Below and NorthSouth Club in Milwaukee, WI. Every week we would watch hundreds of people hurl axes through the air, master the design of the most creative mini-golf courses, learn the difference between a tang and a biscuit, and find their inner artist; taking the time together to laugh, play, compete and network. These events came to an abrupt halt in March 2020 but our spirit of play is unchanged.
Introducing Head Space Trivia and Splash Studio: A Virtual Painting Bar.
Head Space Trivia
Head Space Trivia is a cutting-edge platform that hosts trivia and puzzle challenge games for groups of players in a virtual setting. It’s the world’s first interactive trivia and puzzle game featuring live hosting, score keeping, and answer review. Private Events with Head Space Trivia are the ultimate way to energize your online social life with all the fun of traditional pub trivia from the comfort of your home. Private events are exclusive to your own group of friends, family or colleagues.
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Splash Studio: A Virtual Painting Bar
Splash Studio now offers virtual painting sessions for 4+ people. Join a live artist who guides your crew step-by-step through a painting of your choice. Each guest receives a Take & Make Artist Kit, shipped to each individual, that provides all of the necessary supplies needed to create a work of art in the comfort of home. Upgrades and special VIP add-ons are available by request. Private events are exclusive to your own group of friends, family or colleagues.
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Bars & Recreation activity bars will be here when we can come together in person again (and that time will come again!) Until then, now more than ever, bring the team together and LET’S PLAY.
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What began as Milwaukee’s first painting bar has become an exciting group of activities revolutionizing the ordinary night out. Bars & Recreation, Inc. includes Splash Studio, Nine Below, AXE MKE, NorthSouth Club, and Head Space Trivia.
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