You can raise the roof with rock and roll, but you can also raise a few eyebrows when you tell your friends you work for a company that encourages you to learn music.
Every company has benefits. Some have bagels on Fridays, dry cleaning drop-off services and so on. It’s the company’s way of making people feel they are doing little things to make life just a little easier….
But when I tell your friends ShoreTel encourages you to learn music, I get two responses – 1) My company doesnt do that… and 2) Why does your company want you to learn music – it’s not related to the business.
It’s so easy to explain.
People tend to work for companies for 1 to 10 years (sounds like a jail sentence, doesnt it), but in many cases, they might move to another company for many reasons. By investing in your people by encouraging them to learn music, you’re encouraging them to be at a company that is having a direct positive impact on your personal life. An impact that never ends.
There is no way I would have ever considered taking up guitar – which has been amazing. I went from not every playing a note on any instrument, to practicing on my hammock in the yard, actually playing a full song that I could not have even attempted 6 months ago. I even got to play a song in a restaurant as a guest player and earned $1 from the tip jar! Ok, it’s a start to becoming a rock star. And so what if my wife put the $1 in.
But it sends a message loud as clear – as loud as the sound of KISS concert, that the company wants people to enjoy being part of a team, being part of a company that is winning. The cost of taking an hour a week out of a business day costs nothing! It costs 10 times as much to hire a new person than to retain an existing one.
And it’s even more reason for anyone to join the company which has over 100 open requisitions around the world.
The grass is pretty green here. Almost as green as the grass at the Shoreline Ampitheater – where I hopefully will play one day. Hopefully for more than $1.
Rock and roll all nite – party every day! Never get old.
Enjoy the photo of me and ShoreTel founder Ed Basart. He’s a rock star too!