Listening While You Work
Do you listen to music in your workplace? Musicians are lucky, of course, because music is essential to the work!
Many people find that listening to music while they work, especially if they are well-acquainted with the tasks of their job, can boost concentration and decision-making. Experts attribute this to the idea that feeling stressed causes people to close off, making hasty decisions because they are easier, while feeling happy and relaxed causes people to be comfortable considering a wider range of options, explains a New York Times article. Music encourages the release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain, contributing to that happy, relaxed feeling.
Some studies have shown that music with lyrics can be distracting enough to negate the positive effects of music on concentration, but music without lyrics works fine. Some workplaces have experimented with broadcasting music throughout the working environment, perhaps to get everyone on the same groove. Of course, if you’ve worked in retail or a restaurant, you’ve probably already experienced the joys and pitfalls of having shared background music on the job. A few decades ago, wearing headphones at work would have been highly unprofessional, and indeed, older workers are still less likely to listen to music at work. Today, many managers think that allowing headphones is a great way to promote productivity without disturbing coworkers.
So, what do you think, does music help you work? Do you ever put the Yoko Miwa Trio on headphones to help you sail through the day – or do you prefer to listen only when you can give the music your full attention?