Interesting article on the impact music has on our behaviour and feelings in the work place.
Do you have music in your office? We go between our team preferring silence and needing an injection of positive energy that can be provided by the right radio station! The right tunes certainly give our work place and team a lift but the artist and song has to be right!
Research has shown that music in retail settings can add value to the shopping experience: It can improve the moods of customers,increase engagement, and increase the chances of a purchase. Less studied is how music can affect employees. In two experiments that I conducted with my colleagues Jubo Yan, Brian Wansink, and Bill Schulze (our paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Organizational Behavior), we discovered that participants were more cooperative (and less self-interested) in a group setting when they were listening to happy music. Our findings dovetail with similar research about the effects of rhythm and synchrony. Scott Wiltermuth at the University of Southern California and Chip Heath of the Stanford Graduate School of Business have shown that people are more likely to cooperate with each other after walking together in a synchronized fashion or singing together in unison.