A study conducted by the University of Birmingham found that background music increases efficiency. Sounds pretty good, right? Here’s some pros and cons of listening to music at work:
What’s the best type of music to listen to?
Research suggests that instrumental music is the best to help us focus. This can include classical, ambient and electronic music. It’s important that it doesn’t have any lyrics as this can be very distracting.
Some benefits include:
Improves focus and concentration
Drowns out distracting background noise
Enhances cognitive performance
Alters mood and emotions
Creates a calming and relaxing atmosphere
Helps with relaxation and destressing
Can make tasks that require prolonged concentration more enjoyable
Can be distracting if the music is too engaging or emotional
Can lead to decreased communication and interaction with colleagues
May not be suitable for all types of work, such as tasks that require verbal communication or careful attention to detail
Can be a source of conflict if others in the workplace have different music preferences
Next time you’re sitting down to complete a piece of solitary work, pop on some music and see if your concentration and mood improve. If you’re in the office, make sure to put on your headphones first. No one wants to be that person.