While listening to music at work is said to be “distracting”, recent studies actually show that music not only improves our mental well-being, but also boosts our physical health.
According to researchers Peter Terry and Costas Karageorghis, Music has the capacity to capture attention, lift spirits, generate emotion, change or regulate our mood, evoke memories, increase work output, reduce inhibitions, and encourage rhythmic movement.
Below are just a few reasons why implementing music in your workplace will create a positive and proactive environment.
1. Music decreases stress
If you listen to music you enjoy, it will decrease levels of the hormone cortisol in your body. Stress causes 60% of all illnesses and diseases, so lower levels of stress mean higher chances of overall well-being.
2. Music Improves Sleep
Listening to classical or relaxing music significantly improves sleep. Since we know music can directly influence our hormones, it only makes sense to throw on some Beethoven (or Dark Side of The Moon?) towards the end of the day.
3. Music Reduces Depression
Music can be considered a natural antidepressant because certain tunes cause the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters) in the brain – causing increased feelings of happiness and well-being.
It also releases norepinephrine, which is a hormone that invokes feelings of euphoria.
Ultimately, the right kind of music will enhance your employee’s performance and allow them to work more effectively. Get everyone involved by asking all your team members to create playlists, and alternate them day to day.