Sound of Productivity

We received information about a recent report called ‘The Sound of Productivity’. The report deals with the benefits of music when we are working, but it also brings up some interesting implications about the benefits of music for mental health and wellbeing.

“Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast,”, William Congreave, ‘The Mourning Bride’ (often misquoted as “Musick has charms to soothe a savage beast,”)

A few of us at Wellpool have benefited from being involved in music for its therapeutic value, and most seem to agree that listening to music is enormously beneficial.

I, personally, started life as a musician. I feel that when, due to family illness, I almost completely turned my back on music, it led rapidly to a breakdown.

Here is the information from the email we received, with thanks to Charlene Hetherington:

A new psychology-led report from totaljobs, found there was a link between music, mental well-being, and productivity.

Key statistics include:

• 79% of people would benefit from listening to music at work

• 59% of employees say listening to music at work improves their mental well-being, and overall mood

• Worryingly, 38% of people are not allowed to listen to it

• On average 26% of people have no control over the music they listen to at work (which can impact their well-being)

The Sound of Productivity report is based on data from 4,500+ responses collected from an interactive tool. It was created in collaboration with music psychologist Dr Anneli Haake, and music streaming service Deezer UK, and looked at the attitudes towards music at work, and whether it helped productivity.

The full data from ‘The Sound of Productivity’ can be found at totaljobs


As usual we would love to read your comments and feedback on this post.

Marc, Wellpool Reporter

2 thoughts on “Sound of Productivity”

  1. Tracy Aston says:

    Interesting post. I’m still looking for a mix of music for when I’m working at home. Singing along doesn’t get the work done! It definitely has a positive impact on mood though.

  2. WellPoolReporter says:

    I’ve been working on a mindfulness/meditation playlist. After 40 or so years it’s getting rather extensive though. I do find that a certain kind of music helps me focus. The same applies to work and study.

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