Let the Music Play

Most employees like listening to music at work and say it makes them more productive.

Most workers feel they’re more productive at the office when listening to music, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps.


Eighty-five percent of survey respondents who are able to do so said they enjoy listening to music at work. Employees ages 18 to 34 appreciate music while working the most (95%), compared with those ages 35 to 54 (84%) and 55 and older (66%).


More than seven in 10 professionals said they are much more productive (39%) or somewhat more productive (32%) when music is playing at the office. Six percent said they are somewhat less productive, and 1% said they are not productive at all. Nearly one-quarter (22%) indicated that music playing has no effect on their productivity.


Asked, “Does your employer have a policy about employees listening to music at work?” 44% reported it is allowed and there are no restrictions, and 38% said it is allowed, but there are restrictions (e.g., workers must wear headphones). Nine percent said it is not allowed.


The online survey includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.