Build on communicationTo form a successful choir, communicating and listening are key. This often means people who usually do a lot of the talking might suddenly rely on listening to each other when learning their parts of the song. Too often, people come to the office, sit at their desk for eight hours and then go home, with perhaps an hour of communication over lunch or most contact being done via email. Singing as a group could not be further from that and offers people the escape from their desk that they might not have even known they needed.
Relieve tensionBecoming part of a choir can be a new experience for many and not everyone will be starting at the same level. People like me are trained for working with amateurs, so no one has to take themselves too seriously. Workplace tensions inevitably arise but singing in a group has a definite feel-good factor.
Improve positivityWhen I see people singing, I can tell how infectious it is. Learning a new song gets the group talking and perfecting something that a team have been working on for a while leaves everyone with such a positive feeling, it?s great to see people come together. This is totally transferable to the workplace, promoting positive energy as a group inside and outside of the office can be really beneficial.
Encourage continual progressQuite often if people experience forming an office choir as a one-off, during something such as a team building day, they enjoy it enough to look for something similar in their local area. If this is an activity that your employees start doing together, even better.
Create a sense of communityIt?s pretty common for people of similar ages and interests to stick together at work and while this isn?t a problem, teams always benefit from interacting a little more with one another. What?s great about using a choir as a team building activity is that it?s not restricted to any age and isn?t catered to any particular kind of person. __________________________________________________________________________________
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