Ongoing History Daily: Why you should listen to music at work

Listening to the radio at work right now? That’s good. A study out of the University of Illinois said that listening to music while you work can improve your job performance. And if you get to listen to your music on headphones, things improve even more.

Researchers found that office workers who worked while listening to music soothed nerves, cut down on distractions, enhanced their mood, and generally made them more productive. They actually did 7 to 14% more work than was the case when they didn’t listen to music.

And then there’s this: Workers who get to listen to music liked their boss more and tended to stay with the same place of employment.

Need another quick dose of music information? Check out yesterday’s post on The Tragically Hip’s Saskadelphia album.

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.

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