Can improving work productivity really be as simple as playing specific types of music or sounds? It turns out that both nature sounds and music have been found to have favorable effects at work.
Research from the Acoustical Society of America showed that employees can get more done and feel more positive at work when nature sounds are playing in the background.
The study consisted of three sessions in the same room, where researchers had participants complete tests while listening to varied soundscapes. Each session had a unique type of sound playing in the background:
First session: office sounds muffled by white noise
Second session: office sounds muffled by nature sounds
Third session: office sounds with no masking noise
Results revealed that workers performed better on the tests when listening to nature sounds and also felt more optimistic about the environment and the job. The nature sounds were also greatly preferred over the white noise even though white noise offered an equivalent masking effect.
If nature sounds are not your thing, research from the University of Windsor showed that listening to music can have positive effects on work productivity.
Listening to music at work improves mood and reduces stress and anxiety, which creates an emotional state conducive to enhanced creative problem solving. Participants that listened to music recorded better moods, created higher quality work, and spent less time on each task.
What kind of music was found to have the greatest effect? It turns out that the genre is less important than the positive emotional reaction it evokes in the listener. Which means the difference between classical music and heavy metal is unimportant provided that the music enhances your mood.
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