How many of you work in silent offices devoid of music? Some offices don’t even let you use earphones, we mean, you’re an adult, you can do what you want. However, the conundrum is that headphone users are shunned for being anti-social but the silence makes conversations seem loud and rude.
The solution is to always have some music playing in the office. Whether it’s a random playlist through a set of speakers or just having the radio on, the background noise is generally relaxing and is proven takes the edge off and make people more productive.
In a new piece from WebpageFX titled ‘Whistle Why You Work’, the correlation between music and workplace productivity is explored and finds all sorts of good news from a multitude of studies.
Okay so 61% of employees that listen to songs or the radio at work do it to make them happier and more productive. And that’s fair but how effective is it?
Well, 88% of employees produce more accurate work when listening to tunes. This is probably due to the fact that, for good or bad reasons, other people are generally distraction.
Music stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain which, as well as making you feel happier, drives you to focus for longer. It also decreases pain (in case your chair makes your back hurt), aids memory, increases motivation and, most importantly, reduces stress and anxiety.
So what genre is the best for hunkering down and getting stuff done? Well 58% of people in this survey listen to pop music which reduced mistakes by 14%. However, ambient music improved the accuracy of their work for 92% of people.
There are some music features that you should try to avoid when working. “Listening to music with lyrics can interfere with your ability to learn new information”, especially songs you’ve never heard before.
Stick to what you know and, if you’re using speakers, remember that other people have to listen to your choice of tunes…