Jennifer Buchanan is not only my professional colleague and friend, but also the only music therapist I know! If you’re wondering what a “music therapist” is, then I’m so glad you asked!! Music therapists use music to curb stress, boost morale, and restore health, and Jennifer is a recognized leading expert on bridging the gap between academic research in the area of music medicine and the public, speaking internationally to a wide variety of education, healthcare, government, and corporate audiences. Because this is an area that not many people are knowledgeable about yet, I was delighted when Jennifer agreed to guest on the blog. I asked her to share some insights that would be useful to leaders everywhere, and I was thrilled when she decided to write about how to use music to boost productivity.
5 Steps to Boosting Productivity at the Office using Music
Do you feel you need a boost at work? Music may be the solution. The music industry has proof that you should listen to music while you work. In a survey commissioned by the UK licensing organizations PPL and PRS for Music, 77 percent of surveyed businesses say playing music in the workplace increases staff morale and improves the atmosphere. The results were greater productivity.
So how do we make music at work?
There is no easy solution to developing a productive playlist for two or more people. Like all good work procedures and strategies, it takes time and it starts with being proactive instead of re-active. Take the time to identify the diverse needs and cultures of the group you belong to. Here are five suggested guidelines or steps for helping your organization use and select music at work: Continue reading