Whistle While You Work: Impact of Music on Productivity #infographic

 

Whistle While You Work: Impact of Music on Productivity #infographic

You could be listening to your favorite Spotify playlist through your trusty noise-cancelling headphones if you read this message. Heck, I actually have Adele playing while I write in the background.

But does listening to music at work improve your performance? Or is it slowing you down?

In this article, we'll take a look at the effect of music on productivity in the workplace and give some tips on what kinds of tunes you can play through your to-do list to get in the zone and control.

Music has the potential to affect how things around us are perceived, and happy tunes can make work more fun.

You're in good company if you listen to music at work. In fact, 61% of staff listen to music at work to make them happier and more productive.

And it works, according to research! Studies show that when listening to music, 90 percent of staff perform better, and 88 percent of employees perform more detailed work when listening to music.

Not only does listening to music improve productivity in the workplace, it can also enhance your mental and emotional well-being.

65% of business owners agree that music makes staff more efficient, and 77% of small and medium-sized business owners claim that playing music enhances the morale of employees.

Music has an even greater influence on employee efficiency and behaviors in many sectors, such as retail and hospitality. Happy staff provide better customer support, and enhanced customer loyalty will contribute to increased sales and word of mouth marketing

In fact, 40% of business owners believe that playing music will actually improve sales, and research shows that 25% of retailers and 33% of hospitality companies will actually lose business without music.

So you may want to grab some headphones, find your favorite station, and get down to business if you want to raise your sales.

Have you ever begun to weep while listening to a sad ballad or to a happy song by tapping your foot?

Emotion from the nucleus accumbens, a major player in the brain's reward circuit, arouses music. Two neurotransmitters act on the nucleus accumbens: dopamine, which helps to control emotional reactions, and serotonin, which can influence mood and social conduct.

This is why songs can capture our feelings instantly and take us back to a certain time and place.

An experiment at McGill College showed that the same brain structures and regions associated with other euphoric stimuli, such as food , sex and narcotics, are triggered when listening to music. In areas of the brain connected with reward, emotion, and arousal, blood rises and falls with the swells of music.

In addition, the motor cortex is activated by music, the portion of the brain that regulates voluntary gestures. So you can thank your motor cortex if you find yourself moving to the rhythm of an album.

Ever wonder why music is so passionate about people?

In the reward center of the brain, music activates dopamine, the same chemical released when you consume your favorite food or when you receive a new follower on social media. And it makes more of you want!

This is also why it is so fun to discover new music you enjoy. Dopamine is produced by listening to pleasurable music, and dopamine increases pleasure.

People also enjoy music because, through the music they listen to, they can express their personalities and opinions. And in their own lives, they will also relate song lyrics to experiences.

Although music is useful to improve productivity, depending on the tasks you need to accomplish, it is often helpful to adjust the station or switch music off entirely.

You want music without lyrics if you need to learn new things, because lyrics will interfere with your ability to maintain new data.

Whistle While You Work: Impact of Music on Productivity #infographic

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