February 1, 2015

Why You Need To Listen To Music At Work

Are you wearing headphones right now? What’s your favorite type of music? What’s on the car stereo during your morning commute? Do you rock out on your iPod while you exercise? Do you listen to music while cooking dinner? Music is an amazing thing.

Music is a major part of your life whether you’re a music lover or not. It’s on at shops, in cars, on television, in elevators, in restaurants, and at concerts and festivals. We hear music everyday.

What’s the policy on music at your workplace? It’s a hotly debated topic. A recent study by Mindlab International conducted a study that shows that music can improve the quality of work and increase the productivity of workers. That’s good info to share with your boss.

We read more about this study at LifeHack.org. They write that “music is a powerful management tool if you want to increase not only the efficiency of your workforce but also their mental state, their emotional state – they’re going to become more positive about work.” Those are all good things.

The article goes on to say that you need to choose the right types of music for each person. It’s important to realize this so that you don’t make your co-workers hate you. According to LifeHack.org, these are the types of music you need to listen to at work if you want to boost productivity:

  • Bass-Heavy, Empowering Music – Boosts confidence, improves creative problem solving.
  • Ambient Music With No Lyrics – Ideal for focused, repetitive work. Improves worker’s pacing, increases alertness.
  • Classical Music – Reduces stress, relaxes body and mind, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, improves mood
  • Mozart – Boosts learning, improves memory skills
  • Pop Music – Called the best genre for fastest overall performance

Music has a direct impact on how your brain functions. Learn more about how listening to music at work affects you. Music has been proven to kickstart your brain, trigger memories, improve your mood, boost your confidence, and so much more. It can brighten up your life and help you get out of the doldrums of the office routine.

Find the right music for you and then see how it effects your work performance. Are you a better worker when jamming out to hip hop? Reggae? Show tunes? Electronic? Jazz? Classic rock? Dance? Classical? Children’s music? Blues? Pop? If you really love music, maybe you should research music jobs.

If you’re a music enthusiast, this might be a post that you should forward your boss. Best of luck.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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