Spotify released an interesting study this week. It found that 2 out of 3 people listen to music in the workplace and that listening to tunes makes them happier at work, boosts office morale and increases creativity. Over a third of respondents said that music helps get them through the day, while 20% said that it distracted them from their boring job. And it’s true, isn’t it? When we have a chore to do, such as mowing the lawns or vacuuming the house, whacking on our favourite CD and blasting it loudly eases the drudgery of it. Dare I say it, sometimes rocking out to your favourite song can even make that chore fun, so why shouldn’t it work the same way for those tedious tasks at work? Bring it on, Justin Timberlake!
Do your colleagues or employees bicker? Sixteen percent of respondents admitted they listen to music to drown out their colleagues – though I don’t think this is good for workplace harmony! It reminds me a little of the old ostrich burying his head in the sand… By all means, listen to the radio to keep you focused on work rather than trivialities but be careful that your radio isn’t at a level where it stops conversations between your team. An awesome workplace dynamic is very hard to achieve when everyone is in their own little world.
Either way, it’s true that music has the power to elevate spirits and improve your day. Do you pump the stereo during the day? After reading the results of this survey, I reckon it’s worth a go. Though, beware: 10% of respondents revealed that they have judged a colleague based on their choice of music, so keep your Nickleback CD for the car!
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