Are you a whistle while you work kind of person? How about a listen while you work kind of person, as in you have to have sound or music otherwise the silence is maddening?
You are not alone. A study from Spherion found that approximately one-third of their employees listen to music at work. What’s more, these employees claim that listening to music while working improves both job satisfaction, and productivity.
While Spherion is just one workplace, they are
not the only workplace experiencing these findings. Some findings suggest that music even helps workers with ADD focus better.
Do you allow your employees to listen to music while working? If you don’t, you may want to re-think this policy, particularly if you have many younger employees, as this trend is strongest with employees aged 20-39.
Some Simple Rules
Music in the workplace works best when a few simple rules, like these, to follow. This will ensure that everyone can listen to music comfortably, without having the next “speaker-wars” in the office.
Keep the volume down. Whether you use headphones or speakers, make sure the volume is low enough so you can still hear the phone ring, hear other employees if they need something, or hear emergency signals, such as the fire alarm.
Turn the volume extra low for phone calls. If you do use speakers, make sure to turn the volume down even more when you’re on the phone. It’s mortifying to be on the phone with an important client and have inappropriate music blaring in the background.
Keep it appropriate. Music at work should be work appropriate. You may like cussing and gansta’ rap, but others around you don’t. Keep your music tastes office friendly, and save the rap for the car ride home.
If you don’t allow music in the workplace now, and want to do something nice for your employees, consider changing the policy. It’s an easy change that will show your employees that you care, and will boost morale and increase job satisfaction. Besides, who doesn’t want a happier office?
What are your thoughts on music in the office? Leave us a comment below, telling us why you agree or disagree with these findings.