In order to help our interns get the most out of their time with us, we challenge them to work on a “pet project” of their choosing during their time at BOF. Our two-time, back-for-another-round, please-never-leave intern Kylee explains her project below:
For my intern project, I chose something a little offbeat. I was building a personal playlist and realized that my musical preferences depended almost entirely on my mood. I started to wonder what everyone else listens to at work, and if their choices are also tied to their moods. Instead of asking around, I decided to take the idea a step further and do some research.
I found a study that helped me build out and establish parameters for the project:
Emotions at work: What do people feel and how should we measure it? by Cynthia D. Fisher, 1997. Fisher attempts to measure what people feel in the workplace and establishes that some emotions are more frequently felt than others. She also found that men report more frequent and intense emotions at work than women, despite misleading stereotypes. (Yeah, you read that right!)