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5 Steps to Boosting your Productivity at the Office

Do you feel you need a boost at work? Music may be the solution.

The music industry has proof that you should listen to music while you work. In a survey commissioned by the UK licensing organizations PPL and PRS for Music, 77 percent of surveyed businesses say playing music in the workplace increases staff morale and improves the atmosphere.  The results were greater productivity.

summary of research from Taiwan in which on hundred and two participants aged 20-24 years were recruited, 56 males and 46 females, shows while some background music can increase worker satisfaction and productivity, music with lyrics could have significant negative effects on concentration and attention. The study concluded that music without lyrics is preferable, as lyrics are likely to reduce worker attention and performance.


There is no easy solution to developing a productive playlist for two or more people. Like all good work procedures and strategies, it takes time and it starts with being proactive instead of re-active. Take the time to identify the diverse needs and cultures of the group you belong to. Here are five suggested guidelines or steps for helping your organization use and select music at work:

  1. Discuss the BENEFITS of playing music in your environment.  Have an open dialogue about the potential benefits of music.  Discuss the research and your particular desired outcomes.
  2. Organize a forum where everyone can discuss their list of PREFERENCES.
  3. CREATE a compilation of music, music that everyone is open to – this may take several days or weeks.  Don’t rush. Try to enjoy the process as much as the desired product.
  4. SET guidelines around when the music will be played (it is best if it is only specific times of day).  Suggestions are first thing in the morning, lunch, end of day or only Fridays or special occasions.
  5. Use music to CONNECT with your teammates.  A favourite activity is to organize one lunch a week that includes one team member’s ‘Best Top 5’ that boosts their mood.  Their music is the only music to play over that lunch.  It will be discussed and connected to.  A great way to deepen relationships quickly at work.

Remember the benefits of playing music at work are numerous but will be different for everyone. For the employer, it may be boosting efficiency, expediting projects, and working with greater enthusiasm. For the staff member, it may be sparking creativity or help for working through a barrier in a project. Keep in mind that not everyone feels more productive, creative, or inspired when listening to the music that make. They may feel distracted, stalled, or annoyed. This is the primary reason why it is important to start with an honest discussion that includes all team members. To do this I highly recommend bringing in a music therapist as your facilitator.