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Productive Workers Listen To Music

September 19, 2018

While this will likely come as no surprise to those forced to toil away in silence, the addition of music to a workplace can make employees happier and more productive, according to a new survey.

The company AccountTemps had an independent research firm poll a thousand office employees, quizzing them about their work habits. More than eight in 10 say they enjoy listening to music while they work, with 71% saying doing so makes them more productive.

The poll also revealed which music most motivated the workers, with pop leading the pack. Rock and country ranked second and third, respectively, while alternative and classical rounded out the top 5.

Incidentally, hip-hop ranked sixth, and metal snagged ninth place, just ahead of “other,” whatever that might be.

The poll revealed that 95% of those in the 18-34 demo liked to listen to music while working -- more than the 84% in the 35-54 age range, and far more than employees who are 55 and older.

Forty-four percent of the employees polled say their employers allowed music at the office, with restrictions like headphones; sadly, 38% of those polled say their bosses don’t allow music to be played.

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