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Everyone responds to music in a universal way. After all, they say music is the soul of life.

When it comes to workplace efficiency and productivity, there’s an abundance of research that proves listening to music at work actually makes one happier, smarter, and a more productive worker.

When you are listening to your favorite tunes, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine into the reward center of your brain.

And do you want to know something cool? This is actually the same chemical that is released when you eat your favorite food. That really explains a lot.

So, how can listening to music at work help improve your brain power and productivity?

1. Gets Your Creative Juice Going

In need of some creativity and inspiration at work? Music actually helps stimulate and open up different avenues of the creative mind.

It also significantly helps in improving the amount of focus and attention one has to exert in order to come up with effective solutions.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Don’t you just feel instantly lifted and happier when your favorite upbeat song comes to play during a rough day at work?

Apart from releasing dopamine, music also helps in decreasing your cortisol levels (in other words, your “stress” levels) so you feel lighter, calmer and happier.

3. Helps You Stay Clear and Focused

It’s easy to lose sight while working on mundane and repetitive tasks that take up a lot of eye coordination and intense focus. Sometimes, these tasks can be frustrating and tend to diminish our effectiveness.

Listening to music while you work can create a positive impact on your mental alertness, reduce your boredom, and increase your ability to handle any of the tasks at hand.

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The Best Kind of Music for Productivity

To fully reap the benefits of music at work, it may also help to pick the right type of music to listen to.

For example, you wouldn’t want to play heavy rock metal music when working on a task that requires a lot of precise focus and attention, would you?

According to research, ambient noise is the best kind for work productivity, while learning new information is best absorbed while listening to instrumental music (songs without vocals).

Music is truly a great tool that will help boost you and your employees’ brain power and productivity.

These days, it’s common for modern work environment to allow employees to listen to music through their headphones or have music playing in the background of the office.

Many small and medium sized business owners truly believe that playing music at work contributes a huge part in increasing their employees’ productivity and work morale.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get that music playing in your office!

How Does Music Improve Your Productivity?

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Daniel Kan
Daniel Kan is a corporate band coach and founder of Team Music—provider of fun and unique music-oriented corporate events and company team building activities in Singapore.
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