Top 10 reasons for listening to music in the office

Why do people listen to music in the office? Here are the top 10 reasons, according to academic research: Relaxation: “calms me down”, “eases stress”, “soothing” Concentration: “improves my ability to focus on what I am working on” Affect management: “helps me to remain positive” Block out distractions: “helps me concentrate, especially when someone else is in the office, or talking on the phone, or … Continue reading Top 10 reasons for listening to music in the office

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?