Corporates encourage camaraderie via music

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Corporate houses are going the extra mile to bring together their staff. Camping, adventure sports, cricket matches, trekking and other outdoor team-building activities are passé. It’s time to hold the mike, put your best foot forward and steal the show as companies are now engaging their employees in music and dance activities.

From karaoke nights, musical and dance competitions to even forming bands, it seems music is making employees bond better and stronger.
Most of the events divide employees into various segments and then make them compete in singing or dancing, says Sudeep Yashraj who along with other Reliance Industries colleagues formed a music band called Underground and has performed in various companies and branches of Reliance. “Some of my colleagues and I shared the same passion for music and it was very exciting when our company asked us to form a group and perform. Everyone loves music and it is the best way to come out of your comfort zone and get to know other colleagues. Many companies like Reliance are using this medium for team-building exercise,” says Sudeep.
It was during a team-building exercise in US that Baishali Bomjan, director Centre for Civic Society, first came up with the idea of having musical nights for her employees back home as well. “We also call it Night of Expression. Mostly we know our co-workers only through their work abilities. But discovering their other talents like love for music and dance could really bring us closer to them and help in improved work culture. We plan to do it at least once a year and we usually ask people to come up with whatever act they would like to do. It’s amazing to discover magicians, actors and hidden cooks in our colleagues,” she adds.
Going on trips, adventurous sports, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries and even watching matches or movies together have been a part of the team-building exercise for a while now. But using music to connect employees to their work is a new phenomena which is gaining popularity, says Ankush Roy Choudhary. His company Microphones, which organises corporate team outings, recently introduced music and dance in their program, which is gaining popularity.
“Karaoke nights are becoming very popular among corporate employees. They are fun and everyone wants to participate since these really help in unwinding. We have organised Karaoke night for companies like Golden Eye, Pay Back and even Airtel,” says Ankush.
Aditya Goel, who works with Genpact says, “We love jamming together. Even if we are simply bathroom singers we love to be a part of these workshops and they are the ideal platform to build relationship with colleagues and even bosses,” adds Aditya.

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