Sing while you work: the wellbeing benefits of workplace choirs

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Moss H, O'Donoghue J

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University of Limerick

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This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the presence of wellbeing and health benefits of attending a workplace choir for Health Service Staff. Particularly, work engagement, stress and resilience levels, and work absences are documented.

It is the first study of workplace choirs in Ireland and one of very few studies internationally to explore the health and wellbeing benefits of choir for Health Service Staff. Participants were HSE staff members from 6 workplace choirs located in rural and urban regions of Ireland: Cork University Hospital Choir; Tallaght Hospital Choir, Dublin; Mullingar HSE staff choir; Tullamore HSE staff choir; Merlin Park Campus Choir and Naas HSE staff choir.

The mixed-method study uses both quantitative and qualitative measures to evaluate participants over 12 weeks of weekly rehearsals between January and April 2018. The study took place from November 2017–September 2018. Recruitment of choirs, planning study measures and consultation with stakeholders took place Nov–Dec 2017. Week 1–12 took place January–April 2018. Analysis, interviews and report compilation took place May – August 2018.

Overall, 54 participants took part in the survey, 39 of whom expressed an interest in participating in a semi-structured qualitative interview. Qualitative data confirms previous study findings; namely that a workplace choir can promote social connectedness, enjoyment at work, and staff engagement; reduce stress; and improve perception of health and wellbeing. Benefits of attending are noticed across workplace communications.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Moss, H., O’Donoghue, J.M.(2018) Sing while you work: the wellbeing benefits of workplace choirs. Limerick: University of Limerick.