Singing in a choir, standing shoulder to shoulder, facing the same direction, being part of a joint endeavour, creates powerful bonds between people. Individually we may be ordinary but together we can make the most extraordinary sound.
A good choir makes the sum of the singers greater than the individual parts. And that’s exactly how teamwork / camaraderie / sense of family - call it what you want - makes such a positive difference in the workplace.
This point really came home to me over the last few weeks while watching BBC 2’s ‘The Choir – Sing While You Work’.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone wants to get staff in some of Britain's busiest workplaces singing while they work. He has created four unique choirs, drawn from all levels in four very different organisations – the British Post Office, a London Hospital, a Water Authority, and Manchester Airport - which will sing head-to-head in a contest to find his best workplace choir. (The 30-second trailer below will give you the gist!)
These busy organisations each employ thousands of people, most of whom will never ordinarily meet each other, let alone get to know each other. And yet the recurring theme each week, in the short interview clips with choir participants, is how wonderful it is to meet people from other parts of the business, to get to know them, to connect with them.
Great Employers understand the importance of fostering a sense of camaraderie in the workplace, which employees experience in three ways :
- the level of intimacy we find (Am I free to be myself?’)
- the hospitality people engage in ( Is the environment friendly and welcoming?)
- and the sense of community ( Do we feel like a team or a family)
These factors contribute to us each developing relationships, cooperating with others, and enjoying our work. The resultant teamwork, cooperation and commitment positively affect quality, productivity, profitability, and morale.
Can greater camaraderie help your organisation? Of course it can!
Working together, standing shoulder to shoulder, facing the same direction, being part of a joint endeavour, creates powerful bonds between people. Individually we may be ordinary but together we can make the most extraordinary ________ [Insert the name of your product or service here]
You can read more about the unexpected discovery that led to the foundation of Great Place to Work here and you can see more You Tube clips from The Choir here
While researching this blog post I stumbled upon Singingworks Limited, a UK company that sets up and runs choirs at work and one off teambuilds. The opening quote in this blog post, and the amended closing quote are both taken directly from their website - www.singingworks.co.uk