Music Is The Sound You Need At Work
A new report revealed that listening to music in the workplace can increase focus and concentration rather than serve as a distraction. The survey, commissioned by totaljobs and music streaming service Deezer, by music psychologist Dr. Anneli Haake, noted that 79% out of 4,500 employees who participated in the online survey benefited from listening to music at work. More than a third picked pop music as their favored genre, while just seven percent settled on classical music.
“Enjoyed as a private activity, music in offices can be seen by employees as a perk; a positive route to personal happiness and well-being,” wrote Dr Haake. “What’s more, it’s a clever way to help manage work environments and minimise interruptions; a cost-effective way to combat stress, and a positive technique for encouraging employee self-care.”
In spite of these findings, listening to music is still prohibited in a ton of workplaces, as more than 33% of the surveyed employees revealed that they are now allowed to listen to music at work. The majority of these employees belong to accounting, banking & insurance, and customer service industries. On the other hand, those in the computer programming, data analytics, advertising, and marketing sectors are more accommodating to music at work.
Still, a few people incline to not to listen to music while working. Dr Haake said, “If music is forced upon people, it 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.”