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Midday concerts are music to employees' ears

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

A sultry singer in a smoky bar? Forget that -- how about a live concert right in the middle of your workday?

"It's nice after lunch and you've got that 2 o'clock feeling or that 1:30 feeling and all of a sudden you've got this great little treat, an office concert," explained Lisa Leone, marketing coordinator at the Greenhouse.

The Greenhouse in St. Petersburg is a place for entrepreneurs to gather and share ideas about start-ups. On this day, they were sharing music. The idea started with living room concerts and then spread from the home to the office.

Organizers say rewarding employees with these nice breaks helps make them more productive.

Fran Snyder, the founder of Office Concerts and Listening Room Festival, said, "There's an affinity to these types of programs, especially from technology companies. The ones that are more forward thinking."

We know companies like Google and Apple do a lot for employee retention. Now others are following suit and the workers seem to love it.

"It just makes all the difference as far as how you feel, your enthusiasm," explained Ann Marie Cash, who attended the concert.

Employees often come into the concerts tired and worn out, but you can tell how quickly that changes from the expressions on their faces.

"Smile, obviously. Get a lot of smiles and those knowing looks and the nods, I love the nods," said singer Kira Small, "I'm like, uh huh, and then like this and they're bopping along like yup, yup."

Small performed for the audience for about 35 minutes. The concerts cost around $350 for the company and the response is music to their ears.

"I feel relaxed and I want to go back and finish up my day," said Leone.

"Anybody who's got employees and wants to make sure they're appreciated, this is a great way to do it," Greenhouse manager Sean Kennedy added.

If you're interested in bringing an office concert to your company, click www.listeningroomfestival.com/officeconcerts.html

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