Should Music Be Allowed In The Workplace?

Research has shown that more than a fifth of British office workers listen to music through their IPod or MP3 player while on the job, and many are asking, why has this become such a popular activity?

Research has found that listening to music through headphones shuts you off from the hub-bub round the office, providing a sense of privacy from the outside world. With the growing popularity of open plan offices, concentration has become a major problem. The lack of visual and audible partitions, coupled with an information overload, has provided a distracting environment which is not conducive to work. Listening to music will also aid concentration as any student will tell you who is revising for exams!

But, does this mean that companies should let their employees work with head thumping music beating through the latest headwear gadgetry? Up to 30% of workplaces have already banned the MP3 player, with banking and legal firms being the most intolerant. CBI has also issued a warning that music has an inverse relationship with productivity, and could cost firms millions of pounds.

Many bosses realise that by allowing employees to work in the way they feel most comfortable will increase workplace productivity, and give staff a sense of empowerment. Many companies are looking to create office designs that provide the space for employees to listen to music while they work without disturbing their colleagues. If you are looking to provide a high performance working environment for your employees, then why not talk to one of our workplace consultants – 0118 975 9750.

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