Three months later when COVID-19 prompted the closure of our headquarters, InTune members didn’t let the obstacle of being unable to meet in person stop them from spreading joy through music. Through virtual collaboration, they recorded “Lean on Me,” letting their friends and colleagues know that they were there for each other during a global pandemic. Along with others, Fast and Lennox discovered that InTune could rehearse, prepare, and send videos virtually, allowing the group to expand internationally.
“At the time, we had no idea that this would be the first of over a dozen (and counting) virtual choir performances we’d create,” Lennox says. “It turned out that going virtual, for rehearsals and performances, would enable the group to evolve from a Philadelphia club to a nationwide and even, occasionally, an international group of collaborators, which was quite a remarkable silver lining on the pandemic cloud.”
InTune in Action
Aramark employees aim to live out the organization’s vision – to be the most admired employer and trusted hospitality partner – in everything they do.
“Aramark InTune embodies our culture of hospitality,” Fast says. “We’re always thinking about our audience and want to do great things for them.”
Lennox agrees, noting that InTune not only embodies the company’s identity but also has the same goals as the organization.
“Part of Aramark’s vision is to be the most admired employer, and one of the admirable things about this company as a workplace is the importance that is placed on valuing employees as people – complete, authentic, well-rounded people,” Lennox remarks. “One of our goals as a company is to ‘Embody Our Hospitality culture,’ recognizing that ‘Our People Make the Difference,’ and I genuinely believe that sentiment is evident in every song that InTune has chosen to perform, When it comes to our values, not only have half our projects been explicitly related to respecting and appreciating differences, but I don’t think it’s possible to deny that our singers and musicians – like the company at large – are passionate about everything we do.”
InTune members have used their talents to aid in celebrations of heritage and identity across the company while honoring the Aramark culture.
“Aramark InTune has performed in support of several ERG events,” IT Senior Technical Analyst Alyx Reinhardt (she/her) adds. “Currently we are working on a special song for the Pride ERG to celebrate Pride month, which is set to debut during the Aramark Pride Summit.”
Even if you haven’t sung or played in a while, InTune welcomes all employees who have an appreciation for music.
“I love being with others who enjoy music as much as I do because I can really be myself,” Fast says. “I feel a real sense of belonging and love seeing the effect our music has on others. Music is the universal language and has the capacity to bring joy to everyone.”
“How wonderful it is to do what you love while in the job that you love,” Reinhardt adds.
To learn more about why employees love to belong to InTune, check out the Q&A!