Using music to connect, engage and reduce stress in the workplace
Where we work and what we do for a living can be greatly satisfying but also very stressful. It is where we spend 25-30% of our lives and we want to feel that what we are doing means something. Many employees do not feel connected or engaged with their workplace – even those that are well paid often feel unfulfilled. It’s not solely about free lunches or more money. It’s about being engaged and connected, a sense that those around you care about your development – believing in the company vision. Studies show that creating a community where employees are valued and self-expression is encouraged ultimately helps with the bottom line.
How does music fit in the workplace?
Making music with others, whether as a trained professional or a non-musician, requires many of the same skills needed to be an integral part of community: listening, paying attention, working together, taking risk. It is a powerful and non-threatening tool that can break down barriers to communication. Experiences can be used for team building; creating environments of trust, self-expression, wellness and building bridges. Music facilitated and music-therapy based experiences engage people and build community, particularly when led by a skilled facilitator.