How music can help to reduce workplace stress

Work-related stress is related to ill-health. Stress in the workplace can also reduce productivity, in particular when stress manifests itself as a reduction in psychological well-being. This has a very real and clear financial impact on organisations and their budgets, as stress at work costs the UK economy 10% of the total GDP every year. These figures are likely to rise further, as recent figures from The Organisation … Continue reading How music can help to reduce workplace stress

4 types of music in hospitals activities

Live music in hospitals in America and Europe has increased over the last 10 years, and it is possible to distinguish different types of music making activities in health care settings. 1) Bedside Music Bedside music in particular is described as a regular, long-term intervention. Musicians “make rounds” and play in schoolrooms, wards and individual cubicles. The music events can be performances, but they are … Continue reading 4 types of music in hospitals activities

Music at work can be irritating for retail staff

Previous research into the effects of music on staff in the retail sector suggests: 65% say music makes employees in the retail sector more productive 75% believe that background music could help to relax and minimize awkward silences in workplaces This is an interesting piece of research, as this is one of the first times that a study has focused on employees working in the … Continue reading Music at work can be irritating for retail staff

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Music listening at work: beneficial or distracting?

Some argue that multi-tasking is ruining our brains. The idea is that our brains are changing because we have to multi-task to a greater extent today, given the access to new technology in our society (according to a Professor Clifford Nass at Stanford University). This research has been interpreted to suggest that listening to music at work can be detrimental. Especially for music with lyrics. The results in … Continue reading Music listening at work: beneficial or distracting?

Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept

Next week, on Tuesday 17 September, I am presenting some evaluation data at the Trent Paediatric Society conference in Mansfield. The data come from the evaluation study that I have been working on this year, investigating the effects of OPUS Music activities in children’s hospitals in the East Midlands area. It will be an excellent opportunity to present the findings in front of paediatric specialists … Continue reading Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept