The workplace

Please see below for the latest research findings.

 

Latest Music Works research findings

  • 88%

    of participants in a study worked most accurately when listening to music 6

  • 58%

    of participants in a study worked faster when spell checking and entering data when listening to pop music 6

  • 62%

    of decision-makers at offices and factories believe that they can positively influence the behaviour of employees through playing music 1

  • 1/10

    managers/business owners said that they would go out of business if they had to switch the music off permanently 4

  • 71%

    of employees would like to be able to listen to music when at work 1

  • 46%

    of managers/business owners agreed that playing music for customers/clients says something about their brand and ‘who they are’ as a business 4

  • 91%

    of managers/business owners either agreed or agreed strongly that playing music makes customers and staff happier 4

  • 58%

    of managers/business owners believed the working atmosphere would be damaged if they had to switch the music off permanently 4

  • 75%

     of managers/business owners agreed that allowing staff to listen to music helps team working/team bonding 4

  • 77%

    of managers/business owners agreed that allowing staff to listen to music enhances productivity 4

  • 88%

    of managers/business owners agreed that it creates a better atmosphere/working environment 4

  • 85%

    of employees who like music in the workplace believe the working environment is much more relaxed when music is being played 1

  • 74%

    of employees who like music enjoy going to work when good music is played 1

  • 86%

    of office & factory business owners/managers agree employees are happier when music is played 1

  • 87%

    of office & factory business owners/managers say playing music in the workplace improves morale 1

1 Research was conducted by VisionCritical in April 2012 among 1,000 UK businesses and Entertainment Media Research in 2009 among 2,000 UK consumers. EMR also conducted the research in 2010 among 400 small retailers, hairdressers, offices and factories.

2 Research was conducted by RED in May 2013 with 676 customers of a UK travel company (x331 interviewed at stores that play music, x306 interviewed at stores that do not play music.)

3 Research was conducted by RED in May 2013 with 1397 staff of of a UK travel company (x1042 surveys completed by staff at stores that play music, x337 surveys completed by staff at stores that do not play music.)

4 Research was conducted by DJS Research in June 2013 among 600 businesses in the West Midlands

5 Source: YouGov Plc. online survey, April 2014. Total sample size: 7492 GB adults aged 18+. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults.

6 Research was conducted by Mindlab International in September 2014. (The research tested 26 participants carrying out office-based tasks while listening to four genres of music, and no music).

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