Productivity Workplace

How listening to music can boost productivity

Silence may be golden, but most workers feel they’re more productive at the office when listening to music.

New research from staffing firm Accountemps show that 85% of respondents who are able to do so say they enjoy turning on the tunes at work.

Employees ages 18 to 34 appreciate music while working the most (95%), compared to those ages 35-54 (84%) and 55 and older (66%).

More than seven in 10 (71%) professionals said they are at least somewhat more productive when music is playing at the office, with pop, rock and country songs providing the biggest boost.

Workers were asked, “Does your employer have a policy about employees listening to music at work?” Their responses:

Yes — it is allowed and there are norestrictions.44%
Yes — it is allowed, but there are restrictions(e.g., workers must wear headphones).38%
No — it is not allowed.9%
I don’t know.10%

Workers who can listen to music at work were also asked, “Are you more or less productive at work when music is playing?” Their responses:

Much more productive39%
Somewhat more productive32%
Somewhat less productive6%
Not productive at all1%
Has no impact on my productivity22%

“While music can be a stress reliever or source of motivation for many workers, it can be a distraction for others,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Those who want to listen to music in the office need to be aware of company policies and considerate toward their colleagues.”