Do you listen to music at work? If you do, you are not alone, as 61% of employees do in order to boost happiness and productivity, and you’ll never guess what….. it works!
Studies show that 90% of workers perform better when listening to music and 88% produce more accurate work! Also, 65% of business owners believe that music makes employees more productive and 40% believe that playing music can increase sales.
So how does this work? Well, music stimulates multiple areas of your brain, which is why you might find yourself crying while listening to a sad song or dancing along to the beat of a happy tune. Listening to music releases dopamine in the reward centre of the brain. Dopamine is the same chemical released when you eat your favourite food or get a new follower on social media, and it can help improve your focus and make you happier.
While ambient noise is great for improving concentration and creativity, pop can help you accomplish tasks more quickly and with fewer mistakes. Classical music is also great for improving accuracy, and dance music can improve proofreading speed by 20%.
Though music can help you get in the zone and drown out noisy distractions at the office, it’s sometimes beneficial to change the station or turn off the music completely. For example, learning new things requires your brain to remember instructions and facts, and listening to music with lyrics can interfere with your ability to process and retain new information. In addition, if your job requires deep focus, it’s best to choose familiar songs, since new songs can surprise you and distract you from your job.