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Chesapeake Energy (OK) - Employees and the Arts Make Beautiful Music Together
Chesapeake Energy (OK)
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Employees and the Arts Make Beautiful Music Together

Art in the workplace allows for employee interaction across departments, lowers silos and just gets employees a chance to see another side of each other. Arts based training and other artistic opportunities encourage interaction between employees and enhance team building. At Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy, they’re always looking for ways to enhance their employees’ personal growth through their unique culture. One way? Well, by putting on a company-wide talent contest, of course. It’s not only a great opportunity for employees to show off their unknown talents, but to support each other, as well. Part of the show is a rock band challenge, where employee-manned bands compete against each other.

 

Last year, Chesapeake Energy’s company band, "Shale Play," stole the spotlight and earned the title of the world's "Best Corporate Band" at the 10th annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands.

 

Martha Burger, Chesapeake's Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources, commented, "At Chesapeake, we are always looking for ways to enhance our employees' work experience and personal growth through our unique culture. This contest was not only a great opportunity for the members of Shale Play to display their talent and pursue their passion, but it also gives our employees an opportunity to enjoy their colleagues' musical skills and show their support for their fellow employees."

 

No wonder this company was recently named one of the best places to work in their region by Fortune Magazine.

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