Everyday at work, I usually turn on music. Usually the music volume is kept low. It plays in the background like in an elevator or at a Maryland grocery store. My criteria for picking out a playlist at work is to find happy music. Music that’s infectious that keeps a smile on the face and the stress low. Little did I know that my need to fill the white space at work would show to be scientifically beneficial to my teammates.
A new study was just published by Cornell University in the Journal of Organizational Behavior showing how up-beat music at work enhances team building. In their experiment, employees were more likely to cooperate and help each other when happy music was playing in the background. So that got me thinking, what is your favorite song that puts a smile on your face? That makes your head bob, your feet move under your desk?