Choosing the right tunes for your workplace can create a more relaxed atmosphere and boost employee productivity. Music can relax the mind, block out distractions and get you powering through your to do list.
Recent studies have shown that offices that play light background music are 10% more productive than offices that don’t. Playing music in your reception areas is great too, it often makes wait times seem shorter and the office feel more welcoming.
The best type of music to get your productivity pumping is dependent upon your workplace. Keep in mind the music should not be distracting or have any overbearing lyrics or beats, which may have an adverse affect on productivity. Some employees peak with music without lyrics such as classical or jazz music whilst others work best with easy listening commercial type, indie or rock.
Once you’ve decided on the type of music that suits your workplace, you can make a personalised playlist on online radio sites such as Spotify or Pandora. These sites allow you to enter an artist and they will automatically build a playlist of similar music around that style and will play them at random throughout the week. Best thing is you can update your list all the time, so no more listening to the same CD on repeat!
Some of the artists we’ve been basing our playlists on lately are:
- Ed Sheeran
- Bombay Bicycle Club
- Fleetwood Mac
- The Wombats