To play music or not to play music in the workplace? That is the question.
And the answer is “No” — for me that is.
When I focus at work I am so absorbed in what I am thinking that a continual disruption like music is not conducive to my best performance — I just don’t like it. And don’t, even for a moment, think of making a generational correlation. I don’t want to hear of a division between old fogies and young buckaroos because it is quite clear which side I am going to fall on. I’m way too young. But I don’t like listening to music while I’m working.
Clearly, the nature of the work being performed should dictate whether background music is acceptable. Working in a garden centre, at a factory, in an automotive garage or driving truck may produce an environment where music would be a welcome companion.
Deep thinking, strategizing, planning or any other focused, cerebral function needs total focus. You read about multi-tasking in the last issue of Your Workplace. While we can train our brains to work faster as we juggle, our brains are not wired to handle more than one task at a time. I just can’t listen to music and work. Actually I seldom turn on music at all. I enjoy being alone with my thoughts and with natural sounds.