When it comes to producing our week’s events at The Branch rest assured we are rocking and rolling. Literally. We LOVE to have music pumping in the background. It keeps us up, keeps us moving and makes the work more fun. And it’s bonding. I did say it was fun, right?
And it’s not ‘cause we think our work isn’t fun. I think we have established how much we love our work. But the music – the impromptu dance moves, the memories it brings up and that get shared, the floral related lyrics that get created – the music just makes it better and creates a shared moment.
When we are knocking out designs late night it keeps us going. When we have 3,000 stems to process we jump in as a team and get moving like an assembly line with the ‘80s prompting us on. It’s inevitable if we need to really make it happen, someone is likely to suggest that we turn up the volume or demand we put on something that’s more upbeat. We instinctively know that to get the work done we have got to get this party started!
And it turns out we’re on to something. We’re not imagining it – the positive impact music has on productivity. It’s been well documented that music can truly influence productivity. Writer Dave Johnson explains in his article, ‘Music at Work: 3 Real Productivity Benefits’ that music “improves your mood and enhances perception while working”. It also lowers your perception of tension making you feel calmer. And, finally, it can help you focus because music increases dopamine levels in the brain, which helps in focus and attention. [July 2010, CBS.com]
It makes you realize those fun little work habits have become habitual because they make sense. They work. In this case what feels good truly is good. Rock on!
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Tell us, what are your productivity and team bonding tips? We’d love to hear them. Better yet, send us your favorite playlist.