I was once sent home from a five hour GCSE art examination with the worst migraine I’ve ever experienced. I remember my mum coming to pick me up, she turned to my tutor and said “well what do you expect to happen if you make him sit in silence for five hours!”.
My mum knew me well. She knew I couldn’t concentrate properly without listening to music and in my GCSE school days it was all about hardcore punk. These days it’s a lot more varied but it still plays a large part in my work and creative process.
I find music puts me in a zone. A safe zone where I can get my head down, concentrate and tap into my creative side. Without it I get easily distracted and become less productive. My Spotify Premium account is probably as important to me as my monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (it’s a hell of a lot cheaper too!).
In 2003 a study proved that cyclists who listened to music with an increased tempo cycled significantly faster than cyclists without music.
In 1998 it was said that the great Ethiopian runner, Haile Gebreselassie smashed the 2000m record when he ran it indoors whilst listening to music of his choice. Proving music can be one hell of a motivational tool.
I realise listening to music whilst training is slightly different to listening to it in the work place but there are other well-known benefits. Listening to music at work has been proven to combat stress, it creates a friendlier atmosphere to work in and a less sterile work environment. It also helps to block out interruptions such as colleagues on the phone, discussions, and general office distractions. Dr. Anneli B Haake says “listening to music at work can ultimately help organisations and companies to save money on working days lost due to stress-related illness.” Dr. Haake should know, she did complete a six year extensive doctoral research project at the University of Sheffield into the experiences of music in the workplace.
At Fiasco we usually start the day off with a bit of 6 music then when we need to get our heads down we log in to Spotify or Soundcloud. Although our musical tastes may vary, we all agree that we’re happier and more productive when listening to music.
So what’s your thoughts on music in the workplace? Are you more productive with it without it? What songs help get you in the mood for work? We’d love to hear from you.