Chorus Connection’s Director of Marketing, Tori Cook, makes a great case for bringing together the altos, sopranos, and tenors in the workplace with the blog “Why Your Company Should Start an Employee Choir Immediately”.
She reminds us that singing in a choir can positively impact your psychological and physical health with strong feelings of improved social wellbeing, reduced stress, increased life expectancy, and more.
Tori interviewed a variety of people that have successfully implemented employee choirs including a CEO whose mission is to help businesses start a choir. She also interviewed Americans for the Arts Jordan Shue, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager.
Here is a summary of Tori’s findings regarding the Benefits of Having an Employee Choir--
Enhances Employee Engagement
Jordan Shue stated, "[An employee choir] is a way to show employees that you value them and want them to have fun at work. It also challenges them to show their creative sides and work as a team on a project vastly different from what they do in the office day-to-day. That can have a huge impact on the way they work together in the future and how connected they feel to their company."
Strengthens Employee Recruitment and Retention
Shue offered, "For companies that struggle with retaining employees, the arts can be used as a way to engage personally with your employees, showing that they want to nurture human and creative connections that may not have anything to do with their work directly, but [will] impact their happiness and wellbeing."
Improves Employee Bonding, Teamwork, and Relationships
Provides Networking Opportunities Within the Company
Breaks Down Hierarchical Barriers
Builds Leadership Skills and Inspires Innovation
Shue really hit home when she said a company choir can, "help jumpstart the employees' creative and innovative thinking that can help drive business. Research shows that creativity is among the top applied skills sought by employers, but companies need to develop the channels and environments through which employees can experiment creatively to jumpstart innovative thinking. The arts are the perfect answer."
Gives Employees Opportunities to Try Something New
Establishes an Appreciation for the Arts
Shue offered some advice, "There are endless ways to infuse creativity into the workplace: give concert tickets to your employees (like many companies do with sports tickets), schedule an improv workshop to help your employees build confidence when speaking, or check out The pARTnership Movement for more tips and ideas for engaging your employees through the arts."
And there just may be more company choirs than you realized. In the blog alone, the following company choirs are mentioned:
It should be noted, many of these companies with choirs (Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook) all appear on the “Best Places to Work” list.
Full blog can be found here.
To download the eBook How to Start an Employee Choir in 8 Steps, go here.
Photo: Boeing Employees' Choir