Magazine article Management Review

Music Affects Productivity

Magazine article Management Review

Music Affects Productivity

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MUSIC AFFECTS PRODUCTIVITY

You can boost office productivity just by tuning in the right radio station, but you may be stressing out your employees at the same time.

Researchers at the management department of the College of Business at Florida State University compared the productivity of three groups of students working on mathematical calculations: One group worked while listening to rock music; one group worked while listening to slow piano instrumental music; and the last group worked with no music at all. None of the music had lyrics.

The group listening to the rock music experienced increased adrenaline and the largest increase in productivity, followed by the group working in silence. The workers listening to slow piano music, with a tempo close to that of a heartbeat, experienced a calming effect that actually lowered productivity.

"We were very surprised by the results," says Connie Mayfield, one of the graduate students who conducted the study. …

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