Ray LaMontagne’s husky voice sings through my earbuds as I answer emails, update brand pages, and send meeting requests. It’s just me, Ray, and my to-do list—and I’m crossing things off.
But not everyone can listen to music at work and still get stuff done. We asked PR Daily Facebook
fans to weigh in on whether music distracts from work. The answers varied.
is in my camp. “It helps me power through and get my work done! Music also makes the work day go by much quicker!” she says. But Chris Holtman
says he gets too distracted and might “attempt to sing along, which my co-workers would not appreciate.”
Related: How to create the ideal playlist for writing and editing
Studies say that music improves workplace performance. In a study
at the University of Miami, people who listened to music worked faster, more efficiently, and more creatively than those who didn’t. And 77 percent of businesses report that playing music improves the workplace atmosphere and increases staff morale, according to a survey
commissioned by U.K. licensing organizations PPL and PRS for Music.
agrees, saying music “makes me very happy, then I'm a happy worker!”
Whether music is helpful depends on the person and the song. Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” helps half of surveyed workers to be more productive, according to Songza
, a music service, while 42 percent preferred Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Our fans agreed that productivity depends on the type of music. Brandon Shaw
prefers to work to Springsteen, while Amanda Munster
needs “calming soft music, or my pump-up mix to power through hard tasks.” Chris Jameson
likes “non-vocal selections when writing or doing design work and then some 'wake-me-up' rock 'n' roll when performing the mundane tasks.”
Check out what a few other fans had to say about listening to music at work:
Above Promotions: It helps when doing things that don't require attention to detail. The tempo can sometimes help or hurt production and quality.
Cathy Hizo: Music helps zap the background noise. It keeps you focus on a task at hand.
Content By Dawn: It depends on what mood I'm in or how tired (or awake) I am. But either way, music is a must. It ranges from classical to hard rock!
Ree Ngobeni: I need music anytime. It keeps me energetic and positive; as a result I can accomplish any task. However, it depends on the type of music.
Ofoe Kugblenu: Always...and both my clients and co-workers appreciate the genre and classic choice of music I play.
Alyssa York: I feel like I can't get stuff done with music.
Kara Sarvey: Yes I do—I'd go crazy in a quiet office! I don't think it affects my work at all really.
JoNell Modys: No, but I need to. My office sucks.
Sorry, to hear that, JoNell.
readers: What’s on your playlist at work?