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Does Listening To Music At Work Ruin Productivity?

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If you are in an office, stand up right now and look around at your fellow coworkers. How many of them have headphones on? Probably a pretty high percentage.

Many of us tend to put some music on while we work. And most of us think that bopping along to some tunes actually helps us to concentrate on our tasks. Some companies will allow you to have music playing, while others believe that it’s a distraction and forbid it. So which side of the argument is right?

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Truth is, both are right and it depends on the person. Some people are more capable of focusing on their work while jamming but others may lose their concentration. PayScale published an article detailing this dilemma. If you are able to listen to music at work, what is the best type to listen to? Their thoughts are that if you are performing repetitive tasks, anything with lyrics is an option. Your movements are machine-like because you don’t have to put much thought into them. Music with lyrics force some type of multitasking on you, because a part of you is paying attention to the words. But what about when you’re working on something else that takes a little more brain power? Their idea is to choose something without lyrics. And if you can’t find that, pick something in a language you don’t know. That way, your brain isn’t trying to listen to the words.

Not only can music help some other’s productivity, but we all know it can have a pretty big impact on our moods. PayScale reminds us that upbeat music helps put a smile on your face. Not only that, but the effects can be seen on our physical health as well. We all know that there are differing ideas on what can be considered a negative impact on employee productivity. In the end, try it out for yourself. Only you know what affects your concentration. Contact our business process improvement consultants for more information!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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