Is your business ‘in tune’ with workplace well-being?
In businesses today there is a huge buzz around workplace well-being. As a standard, most companies encourage regular team building exercises, monthly one to ones and periodic work breaks. Some companies are implementing such things as free fruit and dress down days. While others are going as far as providing pool tables, TV areas and even massage services!
This may seem excessive but let’s put it into perspective. The average Brit commits 3507 days over a lifetime to work, which is an incredible 84,171 hours throughout a career!1 Most of us also spend more time at work than we do socialising or with family. So, doesn’t it make sense to make the workplace a positive and happy environment?
Whilst wellness initiatives vary from company to company, they are all equally important to the happiness, well-being and more significantly the health of your workforce. During Stress Awareness Month this April, it is important to remember that a positive workplace is more than just about creating a fun and upbeat atmosphere amongst your workforce. Equally, it is in fact crucial to the overall happiness, stability and wellness of your staff.
Reducing stress in the workplace
There are many ways to reduce stress at work. From what we eat, to how much we sleep we get, and believe it or not, what we listen to can have a considerable impact too! Going back to as early as 1940, the BBC introduced ‘Music While you Work’ radio programmes with the aim to increase productivity and morale in workers. To this day, music remains a simple and accessible way to potentially keep stress levels down, boost positivity and focus the mind.
Music can be a stress buster
Studies suggest that aside from being enjoyable, listening to music at work has the “unique ability to calm the body and relieve stress”.2 Having this time to relax and focus the mind could allow employees to effectively manage their workload. Consequently preventing that overwhelmed and ‘stressed out’ feeling. Additionally, it could also improve both the efficiency and quality of work.
Music can increase happiness
Many of us choose to listen to music as part of our day to day lives. It is no wonder as it “makes you feel a lot happier in seconds”.2 A happy working environment is a great benefit to the workplace as it can help to keep employees motivated and enthusiastic. It could help to improve attendance as well as employee retention. Furthermore, an upbeat environment can also boost collaboration amongst colleagues. This could subsequently help to improve your staff’s interaction with customers or clients which could lead to an improved customer service.
Music can promote productivity
It is probably no surprise that music could make workers more motivated. Most of us listen to music to help get us moving in the morning or during a workout because it drives us. Listening to music at work is no different. A survey of more than 4,500 people found that 79% of people would benefit from listening to music at work because it could boost their performance.3 It is also believed that music enhances creativity and can help to develop new ideas. Having this added energy in the workplace can help to achieve our goals and make us feel more upbeat as a result. It could also help to relax the mind by improving focus and concentration.
What kind of music should be played?
When playing music, it is important to consider the playlist as the right kind of music “impacts on your thinking significantly”.2 Popular choices include listening to a mainstream radio station or creating playlists that suit your company and your staff. Some businesses even choose to create different playlists to match the time, the day of the week or the seasons. As the atmosphere on a Monday morning is very different from a Friday afternoon, your playlist can reflect this and help you to maintain the right mood throughout the working week.
I think there are many people in the business that music really is part and parcel of having in their life. They feel that it is really important that they can have the opportunity to listen to music at work.
So why not introduce music into your workplace?
TheMusicLicence could cost you as little as £0.644 per day and you will be safe in the knowledge that you are licensed to play millions of original songs ranging from grassroot and independent artists to some of the best-known artists from around the world. This means you can create a playlist just as unique as your workforce!
And now we are making it even easier for you to buy that licence.
Previously businesses needed to buy two separate music licences. One from PPL and one from PRS for Music. These two bodies have listened to their customers and formed a joint venture – PPL PRS Ltd – and created TheMusicLicence. What this means for you is that you can now buy and renew your music licence in one place. With one invoice and one contact. Simple!
1. AAT survey results, published September 27, 2018
2. Skye Mallon, ‘Work Music Is The Healthy Improvement You Need’, Longevity, 27 March 2019
3. Dr Anneli Haake, ‘The sound of productivity report’, 2010
4. Cost example spread across 365 days based on a premise with up to 10 chairs or treatment tables. Combined yearly music licence could cost around £233 (excluding VAT).
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