So it all started in 1940 when the British government decided to introduce music into the factories up and down our country to help to motivate the workforce during a very dark and stressful time.
Forwarding to 2021 and I wonder how many workplaces play music or even allow their employees to choose playlists.
We are music fans at Collingwood and enjoy listening to one another's musical tastes. This week became my favourite though with the arrival of our newest colleague Maria Perea. I should really ask about musical tastes during the interview process, as I do about football allegiances, but I was chuffed to bits when Maria starting reeling off what she would love to listen to. The Smiths, Stone Roses and basically anything from the heady days of MADCHESTER. So the playlist duly commenced and it was definitely my most productive day this week.
Do you have music in your work place and, if so, are you allowed to choose when everyone has to work to?
This was the “Music While You Work” programme – a brainchild of the UK government, which thought that broadcasting live, upbeat music in factories twice a day might help to step up the pace of work and get the military the munitions they so badly needed. It was a hit. In a report on the show’s success, BBC executives cited the numerous letters and reports they had received from managers nationwide. One described its impact as “incalculable”, while another estimated that, for an hour or so after a session of music, output at their factory increased by 12.5-15%. Fast-forward eight decades and working to music is extraordinarily common; one 2019 survey of 2,000 Britons found that around half regularly listen to music while they work – with two out of five believing that it helps them to get more done. And as headphones have become standard work accessoriesand productivity playlists have racked up millions of views on YouTube, some companies have started to broadcast music over entire workplaces.