Improving The Work Environment Through Music

The work environment is often a stressful place even in the best of circumstances.  Finding ways to improve this atmosphere not only equals better work health but also helps to reduce sick days and increase the mental health of anyone giving a listen.

Recent studies show the advantages to introducing music into the work environment because it not only improves attitudes, it actually can increase productivity in multiple ways including better memory retention and learning habits.  Workers who are encouraged to listen to positive and upbeat music saw less work fatigue, loved work more and improved concentration and attention spans.

Use Your Whole Brain
The reasoning behind these results is that music uses the entire brain, not just one side or the other.  The mind listens and the body responds.  Music can also be counterproductive when it’s too loud, jarring or something the you don’t like.  Too much of a good thing makes you jittery instead of energized so play at a reasonable volume and make sure it’s positive music.

Pass the Day Faster
Music has the advantage of making everything feel less like work and more enjoyable because it makes the time pass more quickly.  It also creates a better work environment by improving moods and attitudes, which causes much less stress even when under heavy deadlines.

Feel More Energized/Less Tired
Fatigue is noticeably less in those who listen to upbeat music.  If you are lethargic after the mid-day lunch or hit a wall in the afternoon, try listening to some up-tempo music (any music that gets your toes tapping and makes you want to dance) and gain energy.  The music activates the body and the mind, reducing feelings of tiredness.

Increase Memory Retention, Intelligence and Learning
While only music without vocals can be used to increase memory for both learning and recall, music still has profound effects in these areas.  The reason is that the brain will listen to the vocals instead of focusing completely on the task.  The recall of the brain is triggered by the song used for the learning, so get out classical music when studying up for a meeting or presentation (this works for those in school as well).

Music is also proven to increase intelligence, learning and IQ levels because it enhances higher brain functions.  Studies saw improvements in reading and literary skills, math abilities, and emotional intelligence and in reasoning.  All of these improvements work to not only increase work productivity but also cause better ideas and the handling of stressful situations.

Music Gets Physical
Physically, music causes better body movements and coordination because it reduces muscle tension.  This works well in physical jobs or even desk jobs where computer skills are increased with less tension.  Less tension also leads to fewer ailments such as migraines and office sicknesses.

Less Sick Days
Music has positive effects on your entire life including your immune system, which means less sick days at work as well (your calling in “sick” will now be an excuse to have the day off).  Music boosts the immune system by releasing helpful hormones and antibodies into the body that help to protect against sicknesses and relieve stress.

Over all, music is a plus for the work environment.  If you work where you can’t listen to music all the time, then fill up your music player and get some downtime on your breaks and lunch.  Listen to music on the way into work and when you leave for the day.  This sets up an environment of you being in a better mood and able to work through issues much more effectively.  The extra-added effort will not only improves your day but also helps to make you more functional.  Use music as a tool for helping you climb the ladder of success.

Justin Miller is a professional blogger that writes on a variety of topics including video guitar lessons. He writes for JamPlay.com, a leading online music educator offering 2,000+ easy guitar songs to learn in HD.