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63% of workers admit that they dont mentally prepare themselves before a meeting!

Interestingly, the younger generation are those more likely to mentally prepare themselves with the 18-24 year olds being the only generation who say they spend the time considering this before a meeting.

The study of 2000 UK office workers by  the UK’s leading free conference call service provider, Powwownow, explores the psychological effects that music can have on individuals within the workplace and how this can impact everyday tasks such as  responding to emails and specific meetings such as creative brainstorms and target updates.

Over three quarters of workers surveyed said music was a definite mood enhancer and the best way to psyche yourself up with pop being identified as the best genre of music to enhance your mood making you feel happy, confident and uplifted.

The majority of respondents from across all age groups and sexes believe music to have mood enhancing effects, however, generally pick the music they listen to based on how they currently feel and not by how they want to feel.

With the main reason for using head phones within the office being to help an individual concentrate, it is surprising that only 23% of respondents said they have music playing within the workplace.

Classical music was identified as the best genre to ensure you are focused and pop music is the top choice for motivation with the recently named & lsquo;most downloadable track of all time in the UK’, Pharrell Williams’ Happy as the most popular song choice for often mundane tasks such as responding to emails.

Jacqui Keep, Powwownow’s Marketing Manager explains, “Companies can really benefit from understanding both the good and bad effects that music can have on employees and customers the respondents in our survey were keen to identify those brands that were getting it right and also those who were getting it really wrong. Virgin was recognised as the company with the best on-hold music but unfortunately, BT took the title for the worst!”

With over a third of workers saying they listen to music to psyche themselves up for something important, pop music was acknowledged as the best genre for creative meetings as well as management meetings, target updates and employee reviews. However, classical was the genre of choice for delivering bad news.

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