Whether it’s planned or not – music is a part of our daily lives. Ranging from the rhythmic beating of our hearts, to the playlists we create for ourselves, or even attending a musical event. We know and have experienced the affect that music has on our mood, memories and emotions. But is this appropriate for the workplace?
One of the greatest things about music is that it’s an experience. In the office, it is not a tangible substance that we can see, touch or change – but we can perceive the meaning and harmonies differently. Studies have shown that more upbeat music tends to create a positive, happy feeling, whereas slower melodies will often form a calmer, more relaxed environment.
There are positive and negative forces behind the debate for music in the office –
- Music contributes to a relaxed environment
- Can reduce stress
- Encourage a good mood of employees
- Creates rhythm to which people can work – increasing productivity
- Acts as a buffer to other office distractions
- Not everyone finds music stimulating
- Can possibly be more of a distraction, decreasing productivity
- Different personalities prefer different types of music – can cause office tensions
- Not appropriate in all environments, especially in meetings
As each organisation has their own company culture, the decision to play music must be appropriate to the function of the business. If the company’s main purpose is customer service, and there are constantly floods of people in and out the door, loud music is probably not going to do any good.
If however, creativity and innovation is essential, depending on the team – music may stimulate this process and assist in development in an extraordinary way.
This month, we would like to challenge you, not only to find a happy compromise with your colleagues, but to take a bit of time to actively listen to a song each day. This focused and attentive listening allows you to be lost in a foreign world and stimulate your mind; emotions; and memories.