Whether we’re at the grocery store or in an elevator, it seems like we are constantly surrounded by music. Music has the potential to alter our mood and even the way we interact. In fact, studies have shown that the music you hear in a restaurant may even affect the way you eat and how much you eat. For example, more up-scale restaurants tend to play slower music to relax the guests so they can better enjoy their dining experience. Fast food restaurants, on the other hand, tend to play trendy, pop music to speed up your stay and possibly make you eat faster and potentially consume more.
When it comes to the workplace, music has gone from overhead static to a way for employees to cancel out excess noise and better focus on the task at hand. A recent article, from Bloomberg Businessweek, explains the different ways music can affect our brains when used in the workplace.
Among the benefits discussed is the ability to focus. Certain music, according to the article, can trigger memories and help increase one’s attention to detail. This may help in projects like writing, hands-on projects and even surgery!
Some may argue, though, that the use of music in the workplace can cause employees to collaborate and interact less with those around them.
What do you think?
Do you incorporate music into your workday? If so, what is your genre of choice?