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Workplace choirs can help guard against stress and isolation

09 January 2019

Research presented at the annual conference of our Division of Occupational Psychology today has been reported in the national press

Both the Sun and the Daily Mail covered the finding by Joanna Foster and Dr Catherine Steele from the University of Leicester that people who participate in workplace choirs feel less stressed by their work and more supported by their colleagues.

Their study looked at 58 people working in a variety of organisations who attended choir sessions at their workplace. The results showed that 56 of the participants reported a reduction in work-related stress and 50 a reduction in feelings of social isolation

Joanna Foster said:

“Previous research has found that group singing can improve physical and mental health. Our study investigated whether singing with colleagues in a workplace choir can reduce workplace stress and enhance feelings of support.

“We found that participants felt less stressed about their work and more socially connected after singing. In fact, they gained more support from the choir than from other social interactions at work. 

 “Singing is fun and free, or relatively cheap if organised by a third-party provider. Organisations should seriously consider encouraging their staff to regularly participate in singing groups to improve wellbeing, engagement and potentially job performance.”

You can follow the conference on Twitter via the hashtag #dopconf.

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