Listening to music at work boosts productivity by 15% according to study

News 22/11/2019

Get those tunes cranking at work people. Apparently it makes you a lot more productive, so don't let your boss tell you any differently. 

A study included 2,000 participants who were asked to complete a 600-word transcribing task. During the first task the participants completed the work in silence, and then listened to music during the second task. The first task averaged a complete time of 20 minutes and 59 seconds, whereas the second was completed in an average of 17 minutes and 42 seconds. 

The difference between people working in silence and working with music was a whole three minutes and 17 seconds, meaning people listening to music worked 15% faster than those in silence. 

After the study, Scala Radio spoke with psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman about the positive effects of listening to music at work, with Dr. Spelman being shocked by the three minute difference. She does believe though that music has "a very powerful impact on the brain" and "affects mood, mental performance and physical performance."

More research collated by Music For All highlighted numerous physical and mental health benefits to making and playing music, and suggested that things like learning and instrument as a child makes you more intelligent in relation to memory, verbal ability, spatial ability, processing speed and attention. Good to know!

The all powerful music strikes again.