The most productive tracks in the workplace

Hannah Sims · 29 Mar

It’s official - listening to music at work can boost productivity by helping to maintain focus and concentration. This is according to a study by music psychologist Dr Anneli Haake.

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.”


The findings:

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:

  1. Porcelain - Moby
  2. One Dance - Drake, Wizkid, Kyla
  3. Fast Car - Jonas Blue, Dakota
  4. Lean On - Major Lazer, DJ Snake
  5. Angels - The XX
  6. Heartbeats - José González
  7. 7 - Catfish and the Bottlemen
  8. King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
  9. At Night (I Think About You) - MNEK
  10. Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
  11. Loose Men - Torche
  12. Sugar Daddy Jam - D’Angelo
  13. Run - Tourist
  14. News From Veronica - Portico Quartet

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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