Playing music at work is a common practice. This is unlike the days of the past when strict work environments meant seriousness as well. Music does not imply losing seriousness of work, but rather it elevates the moods to work more efficiently. It has been debate whether musical numbers in the background are actually the accelerators or intruders to work.

A recent research by Independent MusicWorks (UK) revealed the following
  • A third of customers are willing to pay 5 percent more in businesses that play music
  • 74 percent of employees enjoy going to work more when music is being played, and a third are less likely to take time off sick
  • More than half of customers spend more time in a shop that plays music
  • 91 percent of those surveyed prefer a bar that plays background music – two-thirds said they would not return to their favourite bar if the music was turned off
  • 81 percent prefer hair salons that play music
  • 82 percent of gym users like to hear music as they work out
  • Playing music in waiting rooms makes over three-quarters of people more relaxed

Have you ever observed the rate at which you can finish your day’s tasks with some music on? Barring at the meetings, music has definitely proven to be a tool to be cheerful and do your work with no complaints.

What’s interesting is that the tempo and the genre of music also affects the work. A slow background music is sure to make you feel peaceful and relaxed, while a fast track is more likely to get you accelerate the pace of work.

The other beneficial effects of playing background music at work
  • It makes the wait time shorter for those queued up for a service
  • At shopping places, music has proven to increase the number of sales – especially if it is a fast track
  • At eating joints or restaurants, the slow tempo allows you to eat well and relish the food

Again, music preferences also vary with youth (usually between teens and early to mid 20s) choosing the contemporary genres. The same may not go down well with someone of a past generation. It is obvious, therefore, that a careful demographic study is performed by study-teams to capture the right crowd and cater the right audio needs.

Word of caution however is the liability in terms of a license or royalty you may have to pay depending on the territorial laws applicable even to small businessesto be able to enjoy the freedom to play music at work – irrespective of whether you are playing them from your own CDs!

Entrepreneurial Learning

Music finds place everywhere – even at work. In fact music and work have been found to go hand in hand. Using it appropriately can produce greater results than usual.

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