Music Therapy at Work

“Music Therapy is an inescapable part of much of our daily lives, whether we consciously notice or not. People seem more likely to get into sync with each other if they’re listening to music that has a steady beat to it,” – Kevin Kniffin, Cornell University.

Music therapy is seen as a cure to the stressful work culture. Stress is like a virus in the air feeding on everyone at the office, making them less productive. Music helps reduce the white noise and effectively reduce stress levels. A relaxed office environment equals a happier working body, and happier employees equals a more productive office. Guess what, music has also helped in reducing the number of absentees at a work place! People have always used music to remove distractions, and help them focus by getting rid of other noises. The ever-increasing number of music lovers has already proved that music has a tremendous effect on people and their behaviour.

Music can bring a state of meditation at the workplace, which allows you to zone out and remember information better. The type of music has a huge say in what kind of ambiance you want to create at your workplace.

“Upbeat and energetic genres activate positive emotions in a person, which are good for memory tasks, while harsh tunes are proven to damage one’s memory.”

Music Therapy has made people feel alive and free. It is also important to understand that music has its limitation as well. If you decide to play some music through the speakers at the office, make sure you ask if it’s okay with your coworkers first. Every employee has different taste in music. Keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste in music as you, so mix it up when playing on a loud speaker. Play a different genre every day so that everyone can have a little of what they like. Remember to keep the volume of music low and play songs that aren’t abusive to any particular race, gender or ethnicity.

Music impacts the productivity of people at a workplace. That being said, every office is different and every workplace demands for a different playlists in order to increase productivity.

According to an article published by Rachel Gray in August 25, 2017, “The Telegraph study, shows that employees with different positions increased their productivity depending on the types of music they listened to. The percentages show the difference between listening to music as opposed to not listening to any music:

  • Classical music: Workers doing math problems improved their accuracy by 12%
  • Pop music: Data-entry workers worked 58% faster while listening to pop music
  • Dance music: Workers increased their proofreading speed by 20%”

Avoid falling asleep at work with the help of music therapy and use music as an instrument to bring a group of coworkers together to build a happier and a healthier workplace. Build your “At Work Playlist” today to help you stay focused and motivated in the office!