Does Listening to Music While Working Actually Make You More Productive?

Chances are, you’ve seen multiple answers regarding this question. Similar to other studies, there’s plenty of disagreement between scientists and business professionals about whether listening to music can make you more productive at work. Fortunately for music lovers, it turns out that it really depends on what you listen to, as long as it’s done in moderation. Here are some of the effects music can have on your work.

Better Collaboration

A study conducted by the Journal of Organizational Behavior looked at how the songs “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and the “Happy Days” theme song affected cooperative behavior, and immediately played unhappy music afterwards.  During the time where happy music was played, employees were more likely to agree with one another.

Reduced Anxiety

Feeling stressed after a meeting? Listen to music you’re familiar with. This is especially helpful in offices with open office layouts. Focus on what you’re listening to for a few seconds and take a deep breath.

Better Decision Making

A study from University of Texas notes that people who listened to positive music were able to make quicker decisions at work. Try this technique the next time you have an important decision to make that requires some critical thinking.

Get Repetitive Tasks Done More Efficiently

Researchers from Applied Ergonomics agree that repetitive tasks can get done more quickly with the right music. This leads to higher revenue for companies because their employees can complete the small things efficiently.

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