Productivity | Is Spotify hindering or helping workplace productivity?

Is Spotify hindering or helping workplace productivity?

In almost every office-based workplace you’ll see the following image: desks of workers, headphones on, staring into screens, hurriedly tapping away as they race through spreadsheets of figures, type out emails, and meet deadlines.

Whatever task they’re doing, most likely they’re listening to a playlist specifically curated on Spotify – maybe even made by the streaming platform itself – to gear them with enough energy to finish their work.

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Comments (3)

  • Gemma
    Gemma
    Mon, 7 Jan 2019 8:16am GMT
    I personally find the silence in my office quite deafening. I don't tend to put my music on (albeit I would love to) more out of a desire to appear approachable than anything else. I find those that do are perhaps unwittingly creating a communication barrier.
  • Ric
    Ric
    Fri, 4 Jan 2019 6:56pm GMT
    I personally prefer to work to music, always have. However in a shared office space it has to be a balance. People work differently and with or without music is no acception to that rule.
    Music can effect both productivity positive and negatively but it can also help with mental wellness and be a positive gentle distracted. As the article refers to music, definitely connects to a person's emotional state and can help motivate or de-stress.
    Music should be accessable but respectfully managed.
  • Angela
    Angela
    Fri, 4 Jan 2019 12:58pm GMT
    We have a wide variety music playing in the office and I personally find it very distracting when trying to read detailed documents, or composing policies and letters. For these tasks, I require a silent environment.
    Plus, some music sparks emotive 'opinions & discussions' that arise from people's individual choice of music - which if people are discussing this, they cannot not be actively working.

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