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The Parker Quarantine Playlist

“My dad was a DJ when he was younger so he exposed us to all kinds of music as we were growing up.”
 
Zakina, or “Zee”, as she is known to her coworkers, was explaining why she added Prince to Parker’s Quarantine Playlist. “When we would go on road trips – before CD’s came,” she continued, “he would have a huge case of tapes and this one Prince tape was one that we kept on repeat and has remained our favorite song ever since.”
 
“My dad was a DJ when he was younger so he exposed us to all kinds of music as we were growing up.”
The Parker Quarantine Playlist is a list of songs on Spotify compiled by Parker Staffing’s remote employees as another way to keep in touch during the quarantine. While video calls and chatting have become an essential part of day-to-day life, employees quickly found themselves missing those little touch-points that you can only get in the office. The Quarantine Playlist is just one way we are keeping in touch that goes beyond our daily meetings. 
 
For Senior VP of Finance and Administration Katy Riley, her song selection of “Stardust” by Nat King Cole speaks for itself. With lyrics like, “And now the purple dusk of twilight time, Steals across the meadows of my heart, High up in the sky the little stars climb, Always reminding me that we’re apart,” Nat King Cole’s aching for someone apart from him resonates with friends who find themselves suddenly restricted from visiting with each other. For others, like recruiter Kirsten Jorgensen, her addition of “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers has less to do with a message and more to do with it being her go-to karaoke song. “Its easy to sing – and catchy,” she explains. 
 

“When we get on music, this song always pops and we reminisce on the times when I was growing up. This song was always present.”

Sharing is perhaps the biggest thing missing when coworkers are remote. While remote work won’t function without trust and responsibility, the connections we forge are somewhat worse for wear when we are not sharing stories and insights with each other. It’s the lessons we glean about each other that are missing – gone are the lunchroom conversations: enter the playlists. 
 
According to this study by the Harvard Business Review, while communication and coordination are two factors why companies succeed with remote working, culture is just as important. We are sharing our playlist with you, not only in hopes that you’ll find comfort and enjoyment from it, but also so that you can start something similar with your own teams, so when we all emerge through this crisis, your teams will be stronger for it. We will continue to share our playlist here on the blog – and the stories behind the songs – in hopes that it brings some enjoyment to your day. After all, we all have that one go-to song. For Zee, that song is Diamonds and Pearls by Prince. “When we get on music, this song always pops and we reminisce on the times when I was growing up. This song was always present.”

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