"Employees are bringing their own music to work far more than in years past, simply because of the high-tech, portable players now available," says productivity expert Laura Stack, in an article published in the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal.
According to OSHA: In a 1987 letter of compliance interpretation, the agency stated:
We've come a long way since the Walkman. Here are the different ways people listen to music at work today:
- Compact disc drives installed in computers
- Personal compact disc players
- Portable radios
- Personal cassette players
- MP3 players
- Web sites that play music files, like launch.yahoo.com or icebergradio.com
- Satellite radios
Scientific studies show links between music and increased productivity (what about safety?), but experts say the type of music that's playing while workers are working is important:
â€¢ Forget rock and songs with vocals, suggests Stack. â€œYou wouldn't want to put rock music on while you're focusing," Stack says. "If you're listening to the music, then you're being distracted."
â€¢ Classical music may be best for working, according to Advanced Brain, a firm in Ogden, Utah.
â€¢ Music containing 50 to 60 beats a minute â€” the average heartbeat of an adult male at rest â€” is optimal for concentration and learning, based on research from an independent psycho-acoustics lab, according to Advanced Brain.