HR Strange But True!
May 20, 2010

The business world is about to have its perception of corporate competition rocked, literally. A few lucky employees from across the nation will be temporarily trading in their suits for a once in a lifetime opportunity, to play at a venue usually reserved for honoring rock star legends.

The 10th Annual Battle of the Corporate Bands is a competition that will bring 8 bands, each sponsored by their own organization, to play at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The event is sponsored by Fortune, NAMM (the not-for-profit trade association of the international music products industry), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sixteen bands including “Shale Play” from Chesapeake Energy, the“SAPs” from Johnson and Johnson, and “The Straightaways” from Northwestern Mutual now remain. However, after the next round of eliminations only half of them will make it to the final stage.

In addition to their five minutes of glory on stage, employees and their organizations benefit in other ways. The sponsors report that the rock competition increases employee morale and productivity. Being in a band also has significant health and wellness benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, according to Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM.

On another high note, the competition is about making music, not about making money. All proceeds earned will go towards the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's education programs.



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