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Music and Wellbeing

A small number of studies have begun to explore the influence of music on well-being at work, following evidence that group music listening can enhance productivity and morale, and that people use music listening to manage their well-being in daily life.

Given that stress at work is a major problem for many organisations today, music listening and its effects in the workplace is an area needing much more work and can now be supplemented by current knowledge from studies in neurology, psychology and sociology.

Various research projects in the last 50 years (some from organisations with an interest in the use of music) suggest the following outcomes of the positive application of music in the workplace;

  1. Improved productivity in jobs that are repetitive, mundane or undemanding

  2. Improve performance in physically demanding jobs

  3. Raised employee morale

  4. Improved employees’ physical health (through reducing stress, thus potentially reducing absenteeism)

  5. Improved employees’ willingness to co-operate with one another and be helpful

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