Believe it or not, singing at work is a thing. Turning up the radio at work and singing along does actually its perks! But how can you do it without keeling over from cringe overload or annoying your team?
The idea of singing at work has been around for hundreds of years. It was seen as instrumental (no pun intended) in motivating workers and boosting morale – but it typically worked better outdoors or in industrial settings. Here’s how it can create a better environment at your workplace.
Singing lifts the mood, boosts productivity and reduces stress
Singing is a great method of self-expression and is all about how we feel on the inside. And there’s science to it too – singing releases endorphins in our brains, which boost feelings of pleasure, alleviating symptoms of depression.
And when feelings get overwhelming in the office, try singing quietly to your favourite tune. Even while this idea may sound a bit strange, singing starts to lower feelings of anxiety, and makes it easier to get through a tough day.
So how can you enjoy singing with your colleagues?
Singing doesn’t just have a profound effect on your mood, but can help you connect emotionally with other people.
Taking singing classes (as a team) has been found to help with the bonding process. If some of you like karaoke, lean into it; it’s a great idea for a team evening out. You can also form bands and choirs with colleagues.
Let singing make you more creative
Singing generally makes you more relaxed to simply be who you are; it can enable you to think more creatively about your work, inspiring innovative new ideas or ‘lightbulb’ moments throughout the day.
The modern office is very different to a factory or field, and everyone is working on a range of tasks with varying levels of complexity. So forcing a singalong on your colleagues is unlikely to be welcomed.
But if you create an environment where people can get together and perform, it reflects well back in the office. A happy, buzzing workplace where everyone sings from the same hymn sheet. What’s not to like?