Music at work: Help or hindrance?

by Emily Spaven

Classical melodies, heavy basslines, white noise or just plain silence – what’s your work-from-home soundtrack? Working alone and away from the office means people have the freedom to listen to what they wish, but choose the wrong track and you may find your productivity suffers rather than soars. “What you’re listening to can compete for your attention to the detriment of what you’re working on. Anything too powerful creates stress. Any sound too unpredictable … will make even the calm on either side of it stressful,” journalist Dale Berning Sawa writes in The Quietus. 

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