Music in the Workplace: Irritating or Motivating?


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As I'm sitting here listening to John Mayer writing a blog, it occurred to me that the sweet sound of John Mayer's voice might actually be distracting me from reaching my full level of production.

 

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This article from the New York Times put music use in the workplace to a test. In a study involving technology specialists it was found that music actually increased productivity and focus in the workplace. It was found that music significantly improved the mood of employees, which led them to come up with more creative ideas quicker. This study showed that music helped employees be less stressed, which led them to make well thought out decisions. Specifically, the participants who were younger in this study were more positively affected by the use of music in the workplace than those employees who were older. Employees, who were moderately skilled with their jobs, experienced drastic increases in productivity while listening to music, whereas those who were only beginners with their job were distracted by the music. From this study supervisors were interviewed about their opinion of music in the workplace. Some supervisors found the use of music in the workplace beneficial because it lightened the mood for employees, but some supervisors saw the music as a distraction, that blocked their employees from effective communication outside of their own work.

 

From this study it seems that the effect of music in the workplace is highly dependent upon the type of job one possesses. It seems logical that listening to your headphones in a job where it is necessary to communicate with your coworkers would be ineffective and probably irritating to the rest of your staff. However, in a job where you either work at home or you work by yourself, music could help you be more creative, productive, and focused.

 

So now that I have established that music is most effective for employees that work alone or possess a job that does not require collaboration with coworkers, I'm going to get back to the task at hand: writing blogs. Since writing blogs requires no collaboration, I'm just going to turn up the music and keep "dreaming with a broken heart" with John Mayer. 


Here is a link to the article I used: Music in the Workplace

8 Comments

I have always been the kind of person that needs silence to concentrate and work effectively, but after reading your post I just may try to listen to some soothing music as I do my work to see if it has any positive effects on my experience. Did you know that listening to music is actually beneficial to your health? Check out this article, I think you'll find it quite interesting !

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/258383.php

I'm actually surprised with those results! I almost never listen to music while working; I find it too distracting. However, plenty of my friends listen to music while doing homework. Maybe the rhythm or beat in a song can get your brain moving and processing information? I've heard that listening to classical music while studying helps you remember things for an exam, but according to this article, it doesn't have that effect on everybody: http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/student-life/2013/08/should-you-listen-to-music-while-studying.html

I'm actually surprised with those results! I almost never listen to music while working; I find it too distracting. However, plenty of my friends listen to music while doing homework. Maybe the rhythm or beat in a song can get your brain moving and processing information? I've heard that listening to classical music while studying helps you remember things for an exam, but according to this article, it doesn't have that effect on everybody: http://www.phoenix.edu/forward/student-life/2013/08/should-you-listen-to-music-while-studying.html

This article relates to me really well because I am a big fan of listening to music while studying. I feel that I am really focused with the material that I have to study and I feel that it helps my absorb more information. Also, I do agree that when in a social setting, one must not be to themselves listening to music and should actually be trying to interact with everyone because there is a time when being alone is good and being alone is bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdmk-UF5ffM
My favorite study song.

When listening to music and studying, I find that it usually depends on the subject that I am working on. As an art major, it is extremely helpful to have good music playing, as it can be inspiring and keep me moving through a piece. At the same time, the studio setting is much like that of a busy workplace, and we can all feed off the energy from our classmates. On the other hand, it can be really difficult for me to listen to music while I am studying for an exam, as I need full concentration to be able to retain that information. Otherwise, I always catch myself singing along to the music and getting really into it, rather than focusing on the book in front of me!

It wouldn’t be a good idea if I listened to music while I studied. I would be setting myself up for failure because I would end up getting too distracted. I can listen to music while I’m doing a small home work assignment though. I know people who can read a whole book while listening to music. I tend to lose concentration when I do that. I like to focus on what I’m reading. Here’s an article that discusses how music boots workplace productivity:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-29/music-boosts-workplace-productivity-licensers-claim

Listening to music never worked for me when studying, however, I worked as a bicycle mechanic for several years and we always played music while we worked in the shop. I found it very helpful and it definitely kept our energy levels up. Listening to music produces dopamine in the brain which makes you happy. Also, music helps you better connect with others which is one of the reasons our team benefited from it so much.
https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/be3172896a0f

Listening to music never worked for me when studying, however, I worked as a bicycle mechanic for several years and we always played music while we worked in the shop. I found it very helpful and it definitely kept our energy levels up. Listening to music produces dopamine in the brain which makes you happy. Also, music helps you better connect with others which is one of the reasons our team benefited from it so much.
https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/be3172896a0f

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