2pm is the new 6pm! In August, after a summer of half-day Fridays, the Barrel leadership announced year-round Summer Fridays in an effort to improve work-life balance and our team's mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic not only changed how we work, but changed our lives in almost every way. In April, the Centers for Disease Control recommended all Americans wear face coverings in public to help slow the transmission of the virus. After Barrel transitioned to a remote-first workplace, our New York City office underwent modifications to make the environment safer for those who wanted to use it, including the requirement to wear a mask if you were sharing the space.