If you’ll be heading back to the office again, will the boss allow music?

Study after study shows that listening to music at work increases employee satisfaction and productivity. Yet so many workplaces won’t allow employees to listen while they work. Will that change when everyone has to go back to the office after COVID? A new study (it’s from the UK, of course; aren’t they all?) takes a look at the situation. How does this compare with where you work?

  • 61% of offices in the UK don’t place music. This is despite 54% of workers saying they like listening to music while they work.
  • 32% of office workers end up arguing over what music should be played. That includes fighting over what radio station should be played.
  • 42% like for music to fill the sience.
  • 11% dislike music being played in the office.
  • For those who like music at work, 42% like the radio. However, 16% also like to listen to podcasts.
  • 19% of people over the age of 55 don’t like music at work. ANY music.

Maybe the answer is headphones. That’s not always possible, but it’s could be a compromise in some situations.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “If you’ll be heading back to the office again, will the boss allow music?

  • July 14, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Mostly everyone just uses headphones here. Some people have a small radio on their desk which they keep low to only their cube. They had radio on in the whole office for a while but of course it was the pop station so it sucked, lol. I switched to headphones during that phase, luckily it stopped though.


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