Music is a powerful global force which transcends cultural barriers.
And its presence in the workplace dates back to the Industrial Revolution, when progressive bosses hired orchestras to entertain workers.
But in the digital age, when there are more ways than ever to make music a part of your working day, it’s strange to think that office tunes are still taboo for some employers – especially when there’s evidence that you can make money and improve mood by becoming more melodic.
So whether you’re a sucker for sitar music or love spitting bars like a hip-hop MC, here are five reasons workplace music can soundtrack your success.
1. Improves productivity
Any business that’s serious about growth needs to create an environment that allows employees to work efficiently, and music can help create the ideal conditions.
The Sound of Productivity Report by Dr Anneli Haake found that 79% of employees can boost their productivity by listening to music at work, yet 38% are not permitted to do so.
This boost is partly due to music triggering the release of dopamine in the brain which helps regulate movement, attention and learning and, since the stats are so impressive, if your firm has made a silent office mandatory, perhaps it’s time to rethink your policy.
2. Reduces stress
Music has a powerful influence on our emotions, which makes it a very effective stress management tool.
Upbeat music can help you feel more positive and motivated, whilst a slower tempo has a calming effect that helps you achieve mental focus.
And certain musical genres are great for different tasks. For example, classical music improves your accuracy and also has psychological benefits – it slows pulse and heart rate, lowers blood pressure and decreases levels of stress hormones.
So switch on some Mozart and settle down as those soothing symphonies help you say goodbye to stress and glide smoothly towards finishing time.
3. Blocks distractions
The Sound of Productivity Report also found that 99% of people working in open-plan offices would improve productivity by listening to some tunes.
Given the amount of distractions in these type of open workplace spaces, this probably comes as no surprise, but nevertheless, music can make working in a cubicle farm more manageable and it’s cheaper than a complete office refurbishment.
With relaxing rhythms in your ears, your attention is diverted from the cacophony of office chatter, slamming doors and clicking keyboards – popping on some headphones and getting into the groove is a great way to feel more like a human and less like a business resource stuck in a beige box.
Music makes people come together, so capitalising on this unifying power is a terrific way to enhance teamwork.
To encourage cooperation and communication, each team in your business can collaborate on a playlist – creating it acts as a cool icebreaker for new teams and lets more established units get to know each other better and have a laugh as guilty pleasures are exposed.
With some cracking classics on loop, expect a domino effect as people tap, hum and sing along together in harmonious happiness – smashing targets along the way.
5. Enhanced creativity
Working the same job day in day out can diminish your creativity. However, Dutch and Australian researchers have found that ‘happy’ classical music is perfect for getting those creative juices flowing.
So if you’re seeking creative and innovative solutions to customer pain point, it looks like there’s another reason to switch the office radio to Classic FM.
Whether its Beethoven, Bon Jovi or Beyonce, there’s growing evidence that workplace music is a sound investment for any business.