Organisations around the world, especially those powered by lateral thinking, vouch for the benefits of music at work. Let’s explore how music augurs productivity.
In World War Two, the UK government started the ‘Music While You Work’ programme. As part of this, upbeat music was broadcasted in ammunition factories in the country twice a day to buck up workers and give military the extra arms they needed to win the war. Under the programme, one factory recorded increased output of as much as 12.5-15%. Fast forward to this day, and it is believed that upto half the British workforce listens to music while working. BBC reports that two of five employees believe music helps them get more done.
Closer to home, in India, music is a known staple in creative agencies. This is probably thanks to the ‘Mozart Effect’ in action, the idea that a brilliant piece of music composition makes the listener keen and creative. Music relaxes the mind, eliminates distractions, reduces boredom and fatigue. Importantly, it reinforces positive thoughts and provides a sense of pleasant company in a working space. A quick Google search throws up various scientific studies that supports how listening to music regularly can encourage us to be more productive in the workplace. So, here’s how listening to music daily can make us better workers.