As you read this post, you might be listening to your favorite playlist through your useful noise-cancelling headset. Heck, I have Adele playing in the background as I write.
However, does listening to music at work help your productivity? Or does it slow you down?
In this post, we will have a look at the effect of music on office productivity and provide some tips for what sorts of tunes you have to play to get in the zone and power through your to-do list.
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Music and productivity
Studies have found that music is quite the powerful tool especially when it comes towards boosting the productivity levels at work. Music is known for helping further efficiency levels of an individual by reducing the number of errors and facilitates better completion of tasks in no time!
In fact, it has been reported around 61 percent of the employees prefer to use music as a distraction to feel happier and more productive in their workplace environment. Additionally, while 81 percent of these employees report greater turnaround at work, 88 percent of the same have greater accuracy and improved efficiency levels. Statistics also imply that around 90 percent of the workers have reported a comparatively better performance in their work life owing to music.
Music and business
According to a recent survey conducted amongst a group of business owners, around 87 percent of small and medium sized business owners believe that music boosts the productivity and improves the morale of the employees. While 88 percent of them amygdala believe that music improves the work environment, 77 percent believe that music is highly responsible for making the employees more productive and around 73 percent uphold that playing music increases the overall business sales. On the overall, 25 percent of these business owners are of the opinion that without music their sales would drop drastically and which is definitely not a favorable case for them.
How Music Effects Your Brain
Music is processed in the auditory cortex of the brain and is responsible for stimulating memories from the hippocampus. The song lyrics then activate Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas. Additionally, it stimulates the nucleus acumen, amygdale, and cerebellum responsible for emotional control. Finally, music activates the motor cortex thus causing you to tap your fingers and dance to the tune that is being played.
Why People Love Music
Music is known to release dopamine in the reward center of the brain which is, in turn, responsible for improving focus. The blood flow varies with the music variations thus ultimately affecting the emotions of an individual, which is exactly why a person falls in love with music.
Health Benefits of Music
• Reduces Stress
• Help get through emotions
• Improves lateral thinking and problem solving
• Improves cognitive abilities
• Helps in dealing with pain
• Improves speech
Types of Music and their Productivity Stats
• Classical music - Improves accuracy by 12 percent
• Pop Music – Reduces mistakes by 14 percent and boosted the turnaround time of data entry tasks in around 58 percent of the overall population.
• Ambient music – Improves accuracy of data entry in 90 percent of people
• Dance music – improves proof reading speed by 20 percent
Interesting Facts about Music
It would be interesting to note that rap fans are outgoing characters and are known for their extremely high self-esteem while the country and westerns are more of the hardworking type. Another equally interesting point to note is that dance fans are quite the creative kind though not very gentle; the soul fans are the ones to look out for. With elevated self-esteem, outgoing and gentle nature, they are the perfect happy to go lucky souls to hang out with!