Everyone one has their own view about music and how it helps them when they work. Teen-agers claim it helps them study, even though their parents do not understand how. Some companies agree with the teens and have lifted their bans on music in the work place. The lifting f the bans come from reading different studies that say that music can help motivate workers to doing better at their jobs.
To these companies, music is no longer seen as a distraction but an aid to business if good guidelines are established. Here is some science backing up how music can help productivity.
Set a Music Policy
To regulate what kind of music can be played and how loud it can be played a good music policy must be established by the company’s management. This policy can be made in several ways, one, and the easiest one to establish is to ban all music from the work area. Two, strict rules of playing can be established regulating the loudness of the music played by each employee. A third option is to make sure that all offensive music lyrics and style be prohibited.
Not everyone will agree with the rules set up by the company but then not everyone likes the same type of music.
Music vs. Normal Noise Distraction
Some people claim that their music is no less distracting than the noise of someone humming or clicking their nails in the next office space. Neighbor noise can affect productivity because it comes at a tone that breaks through the concentration of another worker whereby they are distracted from doing their job.
A person who whistles while they work may find it relaxing and helps them to concentrate but to others it is nerve grating and ruins concentration. Music may help drown out those annoying sounds and if kept at the right tone, lower than the whistle tone, may help workers concentrate on their duties.
For most people music would be the better alternative.
Your Own World
This is another problem when workers are allowed to use headphones or ear buds to listen to their own brand of music. The possibility of being lost in their own world is overwhelmed by the fact that other workers cannot get their attention. An employee may work harder but it’s not a trade off if they are ignoring customers. .
This issue must be decided by each individual company as scientists are not unanimous on this issue. This seems to be an ‘it all depends’ issue. It all depends upon the worker, the type of job, environment and if the employee is content with both their home life and employment.