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Does music improve workplace productivity? A recent study by Cornell University researchers reported that music does indeed play an important role in the enrichment of professional lives and that listening to music is a pervasive force in the daily lives of most people. The study reported that happy music creates a supportive environment in the workplace and that music that has a steady beat increases productivity and effortless teamwork.

Other studies have shown that listening to pleasurable and uplifting music releases the motivating and enjoyable pleasure and feel good neurotransmitter chemicals, dopamine and endorphins, boosts morale and focus to absorb information, stimulates creativity, drowns out distracting coworkers, breaks up mundane tasks, allows for recharging, and other benefits.

Escape A Noisy Environment

Many businesses prefer open offices because they promote collaboration among employees. However, multiple teams carrying out different functions makes it almost impossible to focus on the work. Plugging in headphones blocks out unwanted noise and helps to be more focused and productive.

Repetitive Tasks

Playing music can be very helpful with the monotony when having to do any task that means repeating the same work and techniques over and over again and does not require much brain power.

Creativity Break

If your work requires you to be creative, taking a short break and tuning into music allows you to return to work with increased focus and ability to again be creative.

What types of music influence productivity?

Music without lyrics boosts productivity more than music with distracting lyrics. Forty-eight percent of workers are bothered by music with speech and waste time because of it. Although different jobs may require different genres, and some people find more upbeat music like jazz and hip-hop beneficial for working faster, the majority of employees find the following music the most helpful: instrumental, classical, TV and movie scores, white noise, nature sounds, and similar selections.

It was found that 88 percent of workers having to solve math problems, do data-entry, and other such jobs produced more accurate work and that 81 percent worked faster when being allowed to listen to pop music or classical music. Workers also increased their speed when proofreading by 20 percent.


Music has a positive impact on the majority of workers. Instead of harming their productivity, music helps them become more productive. The Mayo Clinic states that listening to music for 15 to 30 minutes can help workers regain concentration and do better work.