The Sound of InterWorks: Summer Quarantunes

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The Sound of InterWorks: Summer Quarantunes

This series highlights two of our passions: our unique company culture and music. Born organically out of a hobby Slack channel, The Sound of InterWorks reveals the music that powers our work and how we share that with others.

I began working for InterWorks in March of 2020, right as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in full force and everything began shutting down. Because of this, I only had one week of in-office time to connect with people and go through the onboarding process. Since March, my only contact with other InterWorks employees has been via Slack, email and Zoom calls. This has made the beginning of my journey here an interesting one to be sure, but it has also taught me that people are endlessly creative in our pursuit of connection with one another.

The Art of Connection

I have seen many brilliant ideas surface from my coworkers, such as “Water Cooler Chats” where people can connect and have casual conversations over Zoom and “Merry-Go-Zoom” calls in which you randomly get placed on a Zoom call with another employee and get to know them. Of course, there’s also  a variety of Slack channels around different hobbies and interests people share.

One Slack channel that I have really enjoyed being a part of is #hobby-music. Music has always been a huge part of my life and has helped me learn to connect deeply with myself and those around me. One of the first questions I tend to ask people when getting to know them is what kind of music they’re into. This almost always provides a common ground for us to stand on, even if we don’t enjoy the same genres of music, because we know at least we both share a love and appreciation for music in general. I also greatly value our differences in opinion because this often introduces me to new music.

So, since I haven’t been able to have these conversations in person, I’ve had fun getting to know people via their answers to the prompts thrown out in the #hobby-music channel. Finally, I decided to throw one out to the group myself: What songs or albums remind you of summer?

A Socially Distanced Summer

I asked this because one of the things I love most is curating playlists on Spotify. I have already created a variety of playlists for different moods, seasons, genres and more on my personal account, but I thought it would be fun to create a collaborative playlist with other people’s song choices in it, rather than just my own. Plus, I wanted to know what my coworkers were listening to in this odd summer season.

I think the motivation behind my passion for curating music is the same drive that brought me to InterWorks— I love organizing things! Nerdy, I know, but it’s true. Finding a connection between different things and organizing them in a way that helps others easily see that connection is something I’m passionate about. Whether we are talking about data, music or people, I think everything and everyone is a lot more connected than we realize. If we just open up a little, those connection points become a lot more visible.

Getting to hear people’s unique answers to my prompt and placing those answers into a playlist together felt like a fun way to connect us all, even in the midst of a pandemic. I think that’s the beautiful thing about music: it has a way of transcending all of the things that normally separate us— language, age, personality— even social distancing.

See the responses to the prompt below, and give the playlist a listen!

Garrett Sauls | Communications Manager

Carter Link | Graphic Designer

Ricki Thompson | Multimedia Coordinator

Andrea Avey | Content Coordinator

Rachel Kurtz | Analytics Consultant

Keith Dykstra | Analytics Lead

Brooks Barth | Analytics Consultant

Kendra Allenspach | Analytics Consultant

Sarah Dorfman | Analytics Consultant

Kirsten Hoffman | Business Intelligence Operations Manager

Angus Eady | Analytics Consultant

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Chelsea Morgan

Experience Designer
The Sound of InterWorks: Summer Quarantunes I began working for InterWorks in March of 2020, right as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in full force and everything began ...

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