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

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

If you read this post, you could be listening to your favorite Spotify playlist through your trusty noise-cancelling headphones. Heck, I have Adele playing while I'm writing in the background, actually.

But does your performance increase by listening to music at work? Or does that slow you down?

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

Music has the ability to change how things are viewed around us, and happy songs can make work more enjoyable.

If you are listening to music at work, you are in good company. Currently, to make them happier and more productive, 61 percent of workers listen to music at work.

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

 Listening to music not only increases organizational efficiency, it can also improve your mental and emotional well-being.

65% of business owners believe that music makes workers more productive, and 77% of small and medium-sized business owners argue that playing music increases employee morale.

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.

Moreover, music, the part of the brain that controls voluntary movements, stimulates the motor cortex. So, if you find yourself moving to the beat of a song, you can thank your motor cortex.

Do you ever wonder why people are so excited about music?

Music triggers dopamine, the same chemical released when you ingest your favorite food or when you receive a new follower on social media, in the reward center of the brain. And it makes you want more!

This is also why finding new music that you love is so enjoyable. By listening to pleasurable music, dopamine is released, 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. 

While music is useful for enhancing efficiency, changing the station or switching music off completely is also helpful depending on the tasks you need to accomplish.

If you need to learn new things, you want music without lyrics, because lyrics will interfere with your capacity to retain new data.

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

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