Every Wednesday at lunchtime, Judy Rose takes a break from her job as chief operations officer at Triodos, an “ethical bank” based in Bristol in the west of England, to spend an hour harmonizing with colleagues.
Rose leads a workplace choir that’s brought together colleagues from finance to marketing and HR since 2017. They gather in a light-filled room with a view of a distant harbor and grassy slopes, that’s also opposite the large windows of the canteen, from which amused coworkers watch the singers belt out “Down To The River To Pray.” The choir doesn’t mind: It’s sung in all-staff meetings before now—once, memorably, to illustrate a wider point about workplace harmony. They’re not shy about the delight they taking in singing at work.
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