Music Boosts Worker Satisfaction and Productivity

September 19, 2006 ( - A new survey found that workers who listen to music while on the job report more job satisfaction and productivity. reports that a new Spherion survey revealed that 32% of workers listen to music using a personal music device while at work. Of those, 55% said it improves their job satisfaction and productivity.

The music-job satisfaction/productivity link is more pronounced among younger workers, the survey found, according to Forty-eight percent of respondents aged 25 to 29 said they listen to music on an iPod, MP3 player, or other personal music device while on the job. More workers in this age group also said listening to music boosted their job satisfaction and productivity levels.

“[O]ur survey has uncovered a compelling argument that allowing workers to listen to music while they work could pay dividends in the form of higher job satisfaction and productivity,” said Nancy Halverson, Spherion vice president of talent development, according to the news report.

The survey by Spherion, a staffing firm, included 1,613 employed adults.