The Canadian Mental Health Association approached us earlier this year to work with them on a very unique challenge. They needed a fun, playful, and catchy way to teach attendees at their Bottom Line Conference about the 13 factors of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
The content is a vitally important set of guidelines promoting psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to to workplace factors. This information, while crucial to all Canadians, is a bit dry and notoriously hard to teach.
The performance we created incorporated iconic pop and rock melodies with fun and informative lyrics in a relatable work environment. It grounded some of the more abstract concepts such as “Balance” with real world examples, like a delivery man who literally can’t balance his workload and family time.
We believe in the power of music and playful energy to help attendees retain information and convey difficult messages. Not only was it a great way to shift gears and refresh after a long morning of sessions, it made something big and complicated feel easy and fun. It’s also great for retention because you’ll find yourself humming pieces like “My opinion….please include me all the time!” to the tune of Britney Spears around the office for days. This is a recent discovery in neuroscience; pop music is incredibly addictive because the brain derives pleasure from predicting notes and lyrics to catchy songs.
We hope you’ll sing along to our (musical) introduction to the Canadian National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace!