Music at Work: Policies, Preferences and Productivity

By Robert Half on September 17, 2018 at 7:00am


Employees were asked, “Does your employer have a policy about employees listening to music at work?”

44% Yes — it is allowed and there are no restrictions.
38% Yes — it is allowed but there are restrictions (e.g., workers must wear headphones)
9% No — it is not allowed.
10% I don’t know

(Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.)

Those allowed to listen to music at work were asked, “Do you like to listen to music at work?”

85% Yes
15% No

They were also asked, “Are you more or less productive at work when music is playing?”

39% Much more productive
32% Somewhat more productive
6% Somewhat less productive
1% Not productive at all
22% Has no impact on my productivity

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

© 2018 Accountemps. Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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