Can Listening to Music on the Job Actually Boost Your Productivity?

Can Listening to Music on the Job Actually Boost Your Productivity?

The results are largely mixed, and highly dependent on the person and environment.

According to a new study published by Music Biz and AudienceNet, on average, Americans listen to 151 minutes of music each day.

Now, a separate study has revealed where most Americans listen to music – at work.  And, music listening may either boost your productivity at your job or put a damper on it.

Surveying over 1,000 people in the US aged 18 and older, Accountemps, a staffing firm, found 85% of workers said they enjoyed listening to music while at work.  15% didn’t.

Breaking down the numbers by age group, 95% of 18-34 listened to music on the job.  Just 84% of people aged 35-54 do so, and 66% of people aged 55 and older enjoy music at work.

39% of all respondents said they became much more productive in the workplace.  32% felt somewhat more productive.

Yet, not everyone shares the same sentiment.

6% felt somewhat unproductive.  1% felt listening to music made them unproductive.  And 22% said music at the workplace doesn’t really have any impact on their jobs.

Also, don’t expect every job in America to allow employees to freely listen to music.