Music improves performance on the job
Various studies demonstrate the advantages of listening to music at work, whether lyrical or instrumental. One study in Canada revealed that in the weeks when employees listened to music, they completed their work 20% faster. Melodic sounds help to motivate the secretion of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, which translates into improved mood, self-esteem, predisposition and has the potential to improve health.
Another study carried out at a British bank showed that, when listening to lively music, the performance of the workers was 12.5% higher than when they were not listening.
Concerning concentration, according to experts, instrumental songs are helpful for concentration and listening for between 15 and 30 minutes is usually enough, and can even help inspire songwriting or making music by boosting creativity.
According to the study “The effect of music listening on work performance“ (in Castilian, “The effects of music on job performance” ), researcher Teresa Lesiuk (University of Windsor), as just published by the magazine “Psychology of Music”, listening to music at work has a positive impact on the performance of workers, if certain conditions are met.
Some people intentionally improve their performance by listening to the right type of music, which they like, while performing a task at work. Your body, when listening to music, generates a substance called dopamine, which helps to eliminate stress and associate work with something that you value positively. The process does not always work, and there are exceptions where it is not worth putting on any music, but according to the work carried out by the previously-mentioned research team, music can generally help to achieve better results in professional environments.
According to the study, not all people react the same to music, and there are even cases where it can have an effect in the opposite direction. There are people who are not more productive in an environment in which the music is playing. Age seems to also influence the performance of the worker, with younger people showing the most improvement when there is music on while performing a task, while in older listeners it has less impact.
On the other hand, not all jobs are the same so these findings can likely not be extended to every profession or task. For example, people who do certain occupations that involve risk, need to be properly concentrated and also have full hearing to avoid potential accidents, should not listen to music at work.
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If we consider the findings of these studies when used as one element of a work, and test their results using some indicators of productivity then we can complete satisfaction questionnaires after implementation to learn how useful they can be.
It is not easy to always have an optimal working environment, so encouraging workers to not only listen to their own music of choice to work more productively, but also to listen to their dreams for creative inspiration, problems solving, and even career guidance, is a new tool worth considering. Whether on an individual level or as a group, allow each person to contribute music and creative dream insights to the group thread and it will help combine the tastes and creative talents of the entire team. It does not hurt to at least give music a chance and also consider employees’ dreams, so that both may have a say in the work place.