There is a lot of academic research strongly suggesting the benefits of playing music in the office. It is now common practise for offices and studios to have music or the radio on. Here we present some information on the benefits of music in the workplace and some tips to help you get started.

According to one study by Brunel University, people who listen to music when working out, work harder and don’t realise it. Research at Stanford University found in one study the importance of music for increasing assertiveness. It seemed certain genres, like classical increased concentration. In the music science journal, Musicae Scientiae, a study carried out by Haake analysed the effects of music to office workers in the UK. The findings suggested it not only helped workers relax and concentrate, but also block out distractions and helped speed up the day. Interesting enough, the findings also highlighted how music in the office added a sense of positivity and even heightened spirits in the workplace.

Legal requirements for playing music:

If you have decided to play music in the office or workplace, it is important to obtain a licence from PRS for Music and PPL. PRS for Music is a licensing body looking after the legal rights of copyright owners. PPL collects and distributes the licence fees for the use of recorded music. The charge for a licence will depend on a range of factors including the number of staff in the office or workplace, and how often it is played. Music licences are also required for using any recorded hold music, so ensure to check this too. The licence is easy to obtain online or by phone.

Getting started:

1. Select songs with minimal or no lyrics. Classical music works well, as does instrumental and Jazz.

2. Choose music with a steady mood; nothing too dramatic or with drastic rise and fall in moods.

3. Movie soundtracks have been suggested to work well for motivational factors.

4. Try different genres for different times of the day. For instance, start with the radio in the morning, move on to Jazz or Chill Out and then movie soundtracks in the afternoon.

5. Remember to have a time out. Even though you might be tempted to play music all day, make sure there are periods when you take a break.

With the above information and some great websites providing free music streaming, public playlists and music sharing, introducing music into the workplace couldn’t be any simpler.