Does music in the office increase productivity?
When I work, I personally love having music on. I guess this stems from when I was a kid. I used to sit down to do homework and not be able to concentrate. My mum and I worked out that background music allowed me to relax and focus on the homework (and reluctantly get it done).
I have read various books and studies which say scientists do say that hearing music spikes dopamine levels so it can give you a natural boost similar to food (and sex) so what’s not to love about that? We, at OX Seven have music on for the full day. Yes, other colleagues do have questionable music taste and I like dirty pop too much (Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, S Club any day of the week for me) but it is essential for me to get things done. I can even cope with the ridiculous amount of Kayne our MD (Will) puts on.
Do you play music in your office? Does it help you?
(Side note: read ‘This is your Brain on Music’ by Dr. Daniel Levitin – It will blow your mind).