Role of Music at Workplace

It is known since ages that music has ‘The healing power’. And active music at workplace is much known to increase productivity. Music has invaded the office scene all around the world. Staircases, elevators, waiting/guest rooms, call on-hold waiting and many other arenas of daily life are associated with music. It offers relaxation of mind and provides a sort of refreshment. Soothing music has not only proved to be effective in healing depression, anxiety and other mental problems but also used by surgeons while they operate any body part with local anaesthesia to help the patient relax and feel comfortable.

Music at workplace is actually in vogue since the past 60 years. Seattle-based Muzak has a over 250,000 business clients worldwide–including Mercedes Benz Credit Corp. and General Nutrition Centers Inc.These firms like to incorporate music in some form or the other into their day-to-day operations.

So how do you actually arrange for music at your office? This question is the most important one because every one have a unique set of likings and dislikings. While a certain music style lights up the spirit of some people, another group of people might get bored up with the same. According to Alvin Collis, vice president of audio architecture for Muzak, the best we can do in such a case is to go for an all-instrumental format.

A study conducted by the researchers of The University of Illinois on 256 office workers says that listening to active music soothed tired nerves, calmed down the mind, checked office chatter, boosted mood and enhanced the performance of the employees considerably. There was a better focus on daily work with more satisfaction and reduced interest in changing jobs.


When human body is stressed, the nervous system becomes hyper-active and it becomes very difficult to focus on a particular task. The side effects are muscular tensions, low breathing and low circulation. Some may even develop stress related illness, some suffer from anxiety and others show it up as obsessive behaviour.

Surveys and Research Reports over the past two decades reveal that:

    • 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress.

    • 75 – 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints or disorders.

    • An estimated 1 million workers are absent on an average workday because of stress related complaints.

It has been found that more than 50% of employees and managers were absent from work due to psychological problems such as stress. There are various solutions to this. One of the solutions is to go for alternative health programs which includes deep breathing, music therapy, herbal and aroma therapy, and tai chi. All these are meant to soothe your nerves, it calms and focuses the mind.

The Mozart Effect

The University of California conducted a research in the year 1993 on the effect of Mozart’s Piano Sonata on human mind. The University researchers found that college students who listened to Mozart’s Piano Sonata K. 448 for ten minutes prior to taking a spatial IQ test scored eight points higher than those who did not. They concluded that music listening might have enhanced their brain’s performance in doing abstract operations immediately thereafter. This is known as The Mozart Effect.

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