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Listening to music in the office or working environment can have many benefits to productivity, motivation and general daily enjoyment. Whether it’s being played out loud for all to hear or through your own earphones, music has the power to project all types of moods. With the urbanisation of offices around the world, you don’t need to look very far before you hear a radio or shared playlist, creating a more relaxed, homely atmosphere.

Let’s take a look at how music affects employees specifically in an office environment and the benefits this can have.

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Benefits Of Music At Work

Listening to music whether that’s alone or as a team can have a variety of benefits on not just your productivity but your general well-being also.

Helps to keep focus

Having music playing will keep you away from distractions, blocking out conversations, machinery noise or outside activity.

Improves memory

It’s a proven fact that music has the power to stimulate the hippocampus region of the brain.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Helps to unwind and keep a more sane mind.

Increases motivation

When employees have exciting music to listen to, they naturally become more excited about coming to the office as it’s considered a fun-filled place to be.

Happiness at work

Music can offer a sense of happiness for everyone, triggering memories of a special time in your life or just a genre you love.

Team bonding

Music is a great conversation starter and can be an easy way to form friendships at work.

Negatives Of Music At Work

Although there are many positives when it comes to this topic, it is also important to consider the fact, not everyone can learn and work in the same way. Whilst noise and music can help some to be productive, they can in fact be a huge distraction for others.


A lot of people, especially in an office environment, find music to be distracting. They much prefer to work in silence and concentrate fully on their work.

Personal preference

If music is played out loud, it can be difficult to make sure everyone is happy. With all the music genres out there, it’s very unlikely everyone in your team listens to the same artists.

Effect work quality

If you get to fixated on the noises around you, this can come across in your work. Whether that’s the quality or quantity, it’s quite easy to forget where you are.

Limits communication

Mostly relevant if you have earphones in, listening to your own music all day means you rarely communicate with those around you. Although it’s good if you’re looking to knuckle down, it’s also really easy to isolate yourself without even realising it.

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Headphones At Work

As discussed before, music can come with both advantages and disadvantages. When talking about headphones specifically, this is something for which a lot of employers tend to set boundaries.

The positives

The choice is yours

If music isn’t played throughout the whole office and is instead a personal decision, this means everyone can work in a way which suits them.

Helps to meet deadlines

If you have a lot of work to do or specific deadlines to meet, having your headphones in not only tells others that you’re not available for a chat but also keeps your mind on track and less distracted by what’s going on around you.

Everyone has bad days

Although it’s not recommended to bring your issues to work, sometimes someone is simply having a bad day. This might reflect on your mood and you might be after some personal space.

The move back into the office

With a lot of people now coming back into the office after working from home, they’re used to having home comforts around them. Listening to your own music can help with this transaction.

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The negatives

Gives off an unapproachable vibe

If someone notices you constantly have your earphones in, they might take this as you don’t want to talk and create a bad image in their head.

Limits team bonding

Leading on from being unapproachable to sitting with your earphones all day is bound to stop any team bonding. Communication in the workplace will become limited and you may find yourself being secluded from the team.

Ear damage

Listening to music all day every day is going to have some type of long-term effect on your ears. Having broken or keeping your music low can help to reduce the risks.

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Many different components go into crafting your perfect office space and the environment you want to create can play a large part in the overall layout and facilities needed.

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We’ve designed and transformed a wide range of office design solutions for our clients across a variety of industries. Our work is tailored to each client, so whether you know exactly what you want or need some help with the initial ideas, our teams are here to help you every step of the way!

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