Recent studies at some of the world’s leading research facilities have proven the connection between music, productivity, and well-being, such as that music helps employees to stay focused, music improves memory and music can reduce stress and anxiety.
In a 2019 survey of 2 000 Britons found that around half regularly listens to music while they work. 2 out of 5 believes that it helps them to get more done. And as reported by HR Grapevine, Pop (58%), rock (47%) and dance music (42%) were the top three most popular music genres for increasing productivity when working from home.
“Music seems to fulfil a range of important functions for employees, including providing relief from stress, and improving concentration,” says music evaluation consultant and researcher Dr. Anneli Haake, who wrote a PhD at University of Sheffield, UK on the effects of music listening in offices. “The most common reasons for listening to music at work are to improve mood and relax. Music can also help employees to engage in work tasks, through blocking out distracting noise in the office.”
She emphasizes that music choice and control play a large part in these benefits. “If music is forced upon people, the music can be irritating and annoying, and we know from research that office noise can have severe negative effects on employee health, well-being, and productivity,” she says.
This infographic created by Webpage FX clearly shows the benefits of music in the workplace.
Looking through this infographic and the research done makes us wonder why organisations have not followed the retail route as yet and implement carefully crafted soundscapes for the workplaces. One thing seems clear: get music in the workplace right and you could be unlocking some serious competitive advantage.
Visit some of these Spotify playlists for inspiration.