Commissioned by totaljobs and Deezer, the research revealed that music by Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Foo Fighters were amongst the most popular during a working day in Britain.
Dr Haake claimed that listening to music when sitting at a desk could improve mood, reduce distractions and “provide company” in a “too quiet” office environment - although at Perkbox that’s never the case anyway! She commented: “If music is forced upon people, it can be irritating and annoying, and we know from research that office noise can have severe negative effects on employee health, well-being and productivity.
“Enjoyed as a private activity, music in offices can be seen by employees as a perk; a positive route to personal happiness and well-being. What’s more, it’s a clever way to help manage work environments and minimise interruptions; a cost effective way to combat stress; and a positive technique for encouraging employee self-care.”
However despite this, the research found that 38% are not allowed music at work. Consequently, 84% who are not allowed to listen to music would benefit from doing so and 59% say listening to music at work improves their mental well-being.
Based on the findings, the most popular genre of music in the workplace was pop or chart (35%), followed by rock (26%), rap (18%), electronic (12%) and finally classical (7%). Only 1% said they didn’t like music. Looking at these results, Dr Anneli Haake and Deezer created a playlist for workers to help with their working day.
“Music in the workplace can have a positive effect on employee productivity."
The top tracks
According to HR Grapevine, this was the collated list for optimum productivity:
John Salt, Director at totaljobs, concluded: “Music in the workplace can have a positive effect on employee productivity. If your employer discourages music in your workplace, they may be putting themselves at a disadvantage as a business.”
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