There have been many studies that prove that listening to certain types of music at work can help increase productivity. But what kind of music encourages your coworkers to judge you for your tastes? Or if it is music being played on an office playlist do they perhaps not find it to be very productivity-inducing but rather more distracting?
Well, Cloud Cover Music surveyed 1,005 employees and employers about workplace music’s effect on their productivity, as well as the audio to which they preferred listening and found some very interesting facts.
First of all, according to the study, the majority of people listened to music while they worked, with around 42% listening to some form of media the entire workday. Some offices do dictate the playlist, but roughly 82% of employed people said they were allowed to listen to their own audio if they wanted. Nearly 80% of those surveyed believes music does increase productivity while only 4.2% said it makes them less productive.
As for what kind of music inspired the most productivity, it was classic rock for the win followed by alternative, pop, and classical. The most distracting was found to be hip-hop. Take a look at the rest of the results below.
Music brings people together … and tears them apart
And though music can bring people together it can also really tear them apart.
Almost 59% of employees connected more easily with co-workers or superiors who shared their tastes in music, and employers agreed – 65% connected more easily when tastes were shared. However, 26% judged others for their music preferences and over a third believed their team was unified by their workplace playlist.
Of course, there are also people who just use music or headphones so they don’t have to interact with other humans all day. Over 55% of people used headphones at work regularly with 46% of them specifically using them to avoid conversations at work. Industries where people tended to use headphones to avoid human contact the most were government and public administration followed by transportation and warehousing, technology, scientific and marketing, and advertising. Check out the rest in the image below.