The rise of telecommuting and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the workplace have launched employers into a heated debate over when and where their employees are more productive — at home or in the office. Studies suggest telecommuters are more productive than their office-stranded counterparts, yet more than half of companies lack formal remote-work policies and the physical workplace is still a fixture for many organizations.
But if remote workers truly are more productive than in-house employees, how do the millions of small businesses across the country with office-fixed staff bridge the productivity gap? Fortunately for employers, there may be a way to boost employee productivity around the physical workplace without investing in new talent and more training — music. Science agrees. A group of scientists even discovered that listening to just ten minutes of Mozart increased the cognitive abilities of their test subjects, a phenomenon that has been termed the “Mozart Effect.”
Being productive at work involves so much more than big brains, sound logic, and classical music, however. Thank goodness there’s a multitude of music selections to supercharge engagement, concentration and change management in the physical workplace.
Music for Engagement
Songs like Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” and Kenny Loggins’ “Highway to the Danger Zone” deliver excellent rushes of blood to the head before obligatory meetings or project kick-offs. Spinify, a provider of sales leaderboards and gamification solutions, suggests a few other tunes for creating a positive, engaging workplace environment:
Music for Concentration
Science says a little Mozart before diving into heads-down projects may increase your employees’ productivity, but there are other options to try out for creating a focused, zen-type atmosphere in the workplace. Try a few of these:
Music for Change Management
Today’s workplace is fast-paced and fluid, and you want your staff to be able to adapt when change occurs. Think about creating a playlist of songs for all the good, bad and ugly evolutions your workplace might go through so your employees can roll with the punches and stay productive. Perhaps something like:
- A Change Is Gonna Come — Aretha Franklin
- Viva la Vida — Cold Play
- We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together — Taylor Swift
- Against the Wind — Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Your physical workplace might never be able to deliver the perks of working from home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. Unless they’re zombies, odds are your in-house team isn’t immune to the power of good music. So, whether it’s a ballad from an ‘80s hair band or coffee-shop jazz, play some tunes at your office this week and see how it impacts your employees’ productivity and morale. You certainly don’t want them going home playing this…
If you need help with your song selection, give our office playlist experts at Select a shout!