Using Music To Engage Your Teams & Lower Turnover
No matter what your industry, your foremost priority must be the well-being of your employees. Your bandmates. Your employees are the backbone of your organization. Without them, products won’t get made, services won’t be rendered, and customers won’t be taken care of. Unfortunately, we live in a high-stress time, and even if the job itself isn’t stressing out your employees, something probably is.
As nice as it would be, employees don’t leave their personal lives at the door. And, as their stress level gets higher,(especially in today’s world) you’re likely to see increased absenteeism, low productivity, poor performance, decreased morale, and eventually, high turnover.
What’s an employer to do?
Well, my rockstar leader friends, the solution can be found in music. If you’ve ever popped earbuds in, thrown on your favorite tunes, and found yourself squarely in “the zone,” you know this to be true.
The Benefits of Music in the Workplace
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
There is a certain peace that comes from being comfortable in your environment. If your employees are back in an office or brick-and-mortar setting, consider incorporating music into their day. Music has been proven to improve our lives in multiple ways. The benefits include:
Physiological Benefits – Music has the ability to lower heart rate and blood pressure. It can also decrease adrenaline levels in the body. Music therapy has even been used to reduce the need for analgesic medication for chronic and acute pain.
Psychological Benefits – According to a study published in Trends in Cognitive Science, music works better to lower stress and anxiety than anti-anxiety medication. (And there’s no copay!)
Cognitive Benefits – Music helps people concentrate longer, perform better, and makes repetitive tasks more pleasant to complete.
Social Benefits – While listening to music can boost morale and teamwork, playing music together is even better at creating a cohesive team. A study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that happy music provokes people to make decisions that contribute to the good of the team.
This does bring up a good question. When it comes to the benefits of music in the workplace, is all music created equal?
Not really. There are certain factors that need to be addressed when choosing music to set the mood. For example, do employees have to focus on tasks like writing, math, coding, or other concentration-intensive projects? If so, instrumental music without lyrics is probably best. Do they need to get energized and inspired? Rock out, man! (This is why I bring drumsticks when I speak to audiences.) Are there several people listening to one sound system? This could be problematic as what relaxes some, may infuriate others. Keep this in mind when incorporating music into your workplace.
Finding the perfect music can take your employees from stressed out to blissed out. To learn more about the power of music to turn your employees into rockstars, visit https://www.marvellessmark.com/.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
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