The Psychology of Music. What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain

What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain
author profile picture

by Jessica Tabinor on

On average we listen to music 32 hours per week either at home, in the car, whilst we’re out and even at work.  Music is such a big part of our lives and many people don’t realise the effect it has on our brain.

Whilst everyone likes different types of music, research has shown that music, in general, has a synchronised effect on people’s brains.

Read on to find out how to use music to your advantage when you’re busy at work…
 

Before starting a difficult task…

Download some motivational songs. It’s believed that before starting a difficult task, listening to energetic, motivational music before you start can actually make you perform better. Research suggests that people who listen to either the radio or their own music playlists on the way into work, start their day in a much more positive mood.

Similarly, if you have a bad case of the Monday blues, pump up your mood with music to start the day on the right foot.
 

When you're doing repetitive work…

Turn the music up! Our brains are constantly predicting what will happen next based on a pattern, just like the beat of a song. Our brains naturally enjoy repetition, and this is the reason why we end up tapping our toes or dancing to a tune.

When you are doing a repetitive task at work like filing away paperwork or your monthly admin tasks, listening to music can help to keep you focused on the task in hand and make fewer errors. This is because listening to music triggers the release of feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine which make you feel relaxed and happy. Ever heard that surgeons listen to music in the operating theatre? This is why!


When it’s noisy in the office…

Put your headphones on. We’ve all been in a situation when you’re in a busy office and you really need to concentrate but the background noise just won’t give you a break! A noisy environment decreases your energy levels as your brain has to process more data in the background which over long periods can increase stress. Listening to music, especially music you already know and regularly listen to can help block out the background noise and help you get into the zone.


When a new album has just been released…

It’s best to listen to that in your spare time. When you’re at work it’s a good idea to stick to the tunes that you already know well. Research suggests that listening to new music can actually reduce your productivity and concentration as listening to music that you’re not familiar with involves an element of surprise and novelty, reducing your focus. If you are interested in a new song that you haven’t heard before, your body will release dopamine in response, ultimately making the music more appealing than the task you are trying to do and shifting your productivity levels dramatically.


When you need to learn something at work…

It’s time to turn the music off. Learning requires your brain to analyse and remember instructions, however when you are listening to music your brain has to take on an additional task of processing the auditory data on top of everything else you are trying to learn. Because of this listening to music when you are trying to learn something new can disrupt the messages and mean that mistakes can occur much more easily.

 
The benefits of listening to music whilst you work


So, you’ve learnt when music can be a help or a hindrance, but why is listening to music so good for your brain, mental health and work life?
 

  • Listening to and playing music can make you smarter, happier, healthier and more productive at all stages of life
     
  • An improved mood from music also affects how you interact with your co-workers. If you feel better, you usually are more respectful, patient, and cooperative, which can lead to better teamwork.
     
  • Music is known to relieve the stress that could compromise your focus and performance

 

We want to hear from you!

What are your favourite tunes that motivate you at work? Visit our Twitter and send us your suggestions so we can add them to a motivational Spotify playlist.

If you have all the motivation you need and you’re ready to start looking for your next role, search the opportunities with Morson.


Cx Jobs

Commercial Manager

Assessing the existing commercial landscape and looking at the impact on programme delivery. Designing and implementing approaches which ensure effective delivery of the right outcome for the department. Leading on supplier integration with regards to relationship and cost impact upon the department. Clarifying the ability to terminate current contracts, working with programme finance leads to understand impact and realisation of any potential benefits. The ability to renegotiate existing contracts. Managing the impact of existing commercial financial models. Acting as primary point of contact between the incumbent supplier(s) and the department. Manage the sourcing activities for medium cost and business risk opportunities and work collaboratively with relevant customers and stakeholders to create and deliver commercial and contractual value

System Integration Project Manager (SiteTracker)

System Integration Project Manager (SiteTracker) Location: Bristol or Manchester Duration: 3 month rolling contract inside IR35 - Will take you to at least end of the financial year Our global Telecom client require an IT Project Manager who will be responsible for creating and leading an integrated team to deliver end-to-end projects ensuring they have a valid business benefit, deliver on time, within budget and to agreed quality criteria from conception through to market launch and transition into operations. Youll have the following skills & experience * Good knowledge of and experience with Sitetracker * Professional experience delivering medium to large projects (<£5m) within a Gated Project Governance process, focussed on: o Integration with supporting / adjoining systems, principally SiteTracker o Underpinning and interlocking wider business change and process re-engineering * Excellent track record in project delivery within a fast paced, Technology environment in the telecoms business using a range of internal and external suppliers to deliver. * Experience working with a range of stakeholders, up to 'Director of' levels If you are interested in hearing more about the position and the company then please apply directly or get in touch for more information -

Accountant

Our client a leading oil and gas operator is looking for an accountant to join their team on a temporary 3 month contract until September.Position OverviewThe role is responsible for preparing accurate month end accounts in Gross GBP, preparing partner reporting and issuing billings for recovery of partner share of costs. The JV accountant will ensure costs are accounted for correctly and charged to JV partners in a timely and efficient manner and in accordance to the relevant JOAs. The JV Accountant acts as a key focal point for JV partners and is responsible for billings, resolving queries, partner budget approval etc. The JVA & Reporting Lead will also manage the reporting in Gross GBP costs to the COO and asset teams to provide an overview of the operational performance of the assets. Accountabilities * Key focal point for JV partners in resolving queries, partner budget approval etc * Attend Partner OCMs and TCMs as required, delivering Finance messages and responding to Finance questions * Responsible for issuing billings and resolving late payment queries * Support the Business Planning and Reforecast process through data collection, analysis and preparation of presentation material * Develop and foster close working relationship with the our clients, Tax, Treasury, Commercial and Business Planning teams * Assist Field Managers and their teams to deliver the annual Work plan and budget, annual partner budgets and quarterly re-forecast submissions. Highlight any issues from a financial perspective to Management prior to submission to UK Planning and partners * Provide input to COO monthly presentations for the Asset team on Production, Opex, Capex and Free Cash Flow plus performance against budget/plan and re-forecast * Month end reporting requirements Key Duties * Represent our client in Opcom meetings * Creation of Annual Work Plan and Budget, Reforecast, Life of Field Plan and annual partner budgets with input from cost control and optimisation team to reflect functional plans. Provide oversight, review and assurance during the preparation of the financial (opex and capex) and production * Prepare accurate month end accounts * Understanding the actuals compared to forecast/budget with reporting of variance analysis for key measures through PRS commentary * Prepare and issue Joint Venture monthly partner billings and ensuring timely receipt of cash call / invoice funds from partners. * Perform review and control procedures, ensuring appropriate and accurate operational shared cost allocations are aligned with JOA obligations * Monthly review and update of forecasts in SAP Analytics Cloud * Review and update of month end costs not managed within the cost optimisation team i.e studies, production operations, licence costs et. * Review and post journals to record tariff, transportation costs and any cost shares correctly * Assist with the Joint Venture external audit and work to resolve audit findings in a timely manner * Preparation of JV partner reports and facilitation of partner budget and AFE approvals * Representative at OCM meetings * Key reconciliations for area of responsibility including accrual reviews * Ensure compliance with our clients Capital Governance process and policies as prescribed in Joint Operating Agreements * Preparation of Finance slides for the Monthly COO pack * Preparation of Early Warning Report * PRT support for tax team * Update and submission of Indeva template for budget and reforecast purposes * Preparation of gross to net reconciliations Education Attainment & Accreditation * Qualified accountant or experienced accountant with oil and gas industry experience in a financial/commercial environment(SAP experience needed)Professional Skills & Experience * Experience in an oil and gas environment strongly preferred * Strong aptitude for numbers and analysis combined with strong excel skills * Strong PowerPoint and effective presentation skills Interpersonal Skills & Qualities * Commitment * Teamwork * Reliability * Positive Attitude * Initiative * Drive / Motivation * Ownership * Professionalism * Embraces Change and Continual Improvement * Actively demonstrates our clients core values of Leadership, Excellence, Accountability and Positivity I & D Statement We are an equal opportunity employer, aiming to recruit, retain and develop our people based on merit. Recognising the value of a diverse workforce, all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of race, gender, nationality, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Naval Architect - Weights

Role DescriptionThis role will centre on the production of a full complied and reconciled Weights database.A key element of the role is the assessment of system Third Party Information (TPI) to identify structures, equipment and systems and check against the ShipWeight database.The Weights Engineer will be required to translate weights information into a purpose-made tool, which allows and configured against the project Master Equipment List.Regular reporting of progress against Weight Management Plan. ExperienceExperience of weight engineering processes (weight, centre of gravity, weight distribution, etc)Knowledge of ship structures, routed systems and/or outfit and arrangementAbility to understand and interpret Classification Society (Lloyd's Register) requirements in the context of cable selection and routing.Experience of assessing system and equipment data.Experience of interpretation and manipulation of large amounts of data. SkillsGood attention to detail with the ability to identify inconsistencies across complex datasets and design information.Ability to work independently and solve problems via liaison with other functions across the project.Strong interpersonal skills, adept at communicating at various levels across technical and commercial settings.Ability to clearly articulate progress and report key issues and risks to team management, and proactively work to minimise technical and schedule impacts.Good knowledge of Weights, AutoCAD and Rhino highly desirable.Basic knowledge of ShipWeight desirable.To apply for this position, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK and either possess or be able to obtain UK MOD Security Clearance to SC Level.Location can either be Rosyth or Devonport.

Skills and qualifications needed for a career in cyber security

Advertisement