How Does Music Affect Work Productivity?

Music – it is probably one of the greatest creations man ever made. People everywhere have been tapping their feet since the prehistoric age. Undoubtedly, music has been part of our culture and way of living.


And in this day of modern technology, apps like Spotify and iTunes made music so much more accessible everywhere, even in our workplace. So, the question is, does listening to music help you perform your best at work?


It really depends on you on how you let the things around you motivate or distract you from work. When it comes to listening to music, it’s no doubt that it’s an instant mood booster. A bad rainy day could easily be flipped by putting on your earphones and listening to your favorite jam.  It affects the way we view things around us and the way we interact.


Chances are that you are currently listening to music at work. Then, you’re on the right track. According to a survey Spotify did in 2014, about 61% of employees listen to music to be more happy and productive at work. Furthermore, studies show that listening to music makes 90% of workers perform better at work, and 88% produces more accurate work.


This shows that listening to music is effective for workers’ productivity and, at the same time, it boosts a person’s emotional and mental health.



Business is always results-oriented. That is why business owners are doing their best to encourage their employees at work. And in this situation, they use music to their advantage. A 2012 survey by MusicWorks found out that 65% of business owners believe having music at work will help their employees be more productive. And 77% of small- and medium-sized business owners think that employee morale is boosted by listening to music.


In addition, 40% of them believe that playing music actually increases sales and 25% of retailers and 33% of hospitality companies think that they might actually lose their business without music.



Music stimulates our emotions from the nucleus accumbens, which has a key role in the reward center of the brain. The nucleus accumbens operates on two neurotransmitters: dopamine, which helps regulate emotional responses, and serotonin, which can affect mood and social behavior. Music can easily take over our emotions and take us back on memory lane.


McGill College conducted an experiment in 2001 which used brain scans to see what music can do to our neural mechanics. As a result, they found out that some regions of the brain linked to other euphoric stimuli like food, sex, and drugs are triggered when you listen to music. As blood flow rises and falls due to music, it swells the areas of the brain associated with rewards, emotions, and arousal which are related to an organism’s survival.


The motor cortex is also activated by music. This is one of the things dancers rely on because the motor cortex is responsible for all the voluntary movement of the body. Because of it, we are able to move alongside the beat and rhythm of a song.



If we ask you why you love music, what would be your answer?


We love music because of the sensation it gives us. Dopamine is released by music in the reward center of our brain. Whenever we eat our favorite food, receive a message from our crush, or having a new follower or friend request on social media, our brain releases dopamine, which is somehow quite addictive as we desire for more.


Things that give us pleasure, just like finding new music, excite us and release dopamine in our system which stimulates happiness.


And aside from the sensation it gives us, we love music because it allows us to freely express our personalities. Oftentimes, song lyrics directly reflect our own experiences in life which deepen our bond with it.


Apart from helping our productivity at work, helping businesses make sales, and uplifting our morale, music could also do good things to our body holistically. Listening to music can help ease stress and anxiety, reduce pain, improve our memory, and boost motivation.



We can create our own world away from distractions and office hysteria with our headphones on and meditate on our favorite tunes.


You can listen to whatever suits your taste and your current mood, but according to studies, what are the different genres of music that can truly help us increase our productivity?


Scientific research by Mindlab International and MusicWorks showed that ambient music worked best for 92% of people doing accurate data entry tasks. Ambient music is also best to listen to when contemplating a new design as it sparks creativity and improves concentration.


Listening to dance music can speed up proofreading by 20%, while classical music improves attention to detail by 12%.  Furthermore, mistakes are reduced by 14% when employees listen to pop music at work, and 58% accomplished their tasks quickly with the help of their favorite pop tunes.


Aside from choosing the right genre depending on the work we’re doing, it is also important to know when it is best or not to listen to new music as well as music with lyrics.


Listening to music without lyrics is advisable if you are learning new things at work. Since lyrics could cause distractions, they may interfere with your ability to remember new information. Listening to music without lyrics is also highly preferred for works that involve linguistic processing; it will help you avoid confusion and will keep your mind focused on the task.


When you are working on a task that requires your full attention, it is ideal to listen to songs that are familiar to you. New songs may cause disturbances especially if you find it more interesting than the project you are working on.


Here at MicroCreatives, we value each individual’s wellbeing. Stress could really loom in fast to our designers, developers, animators, and writers as they gather inspiration and beat deadlines. Every day we have a special playlist that would help enlighten the mood of the workplace and motivate each employee to produce quality services that our clients need and deserve.