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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Music at work can help boost morale

Three in 10 commuters (29pc) listen to music to lift their spirits when they are down about work, a poll revealed today.

The survey of 1,117 adults found that almost a quarter (23pc) listen to music on the way to work to relax before the day ahead.

Three quarters of employees (74pc) listen to their favourite songs while commuting to work, with half (52pc) feeling energised for the day ahead as a result.

The poll by mental health charity Mind found listening to music also had an impact directly in the workplace, with 36pc saying it improved the working environment. A third (32pc) said it boosted morale, while a quarter (26pc) said it reduced stress and disagreements.



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More than seven in 10 (72pc) wanted to "whistle while they work" and listen to their favourite bands at their desks.

Nearly one in five (18pc) claimed it would make them more productive. Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "The therapeutic benefits of listening to music are well-known.

"A song which makes you feel good can be incredibly soothing and help to reduce anxiety.

"If you're worried about your working day ahead then listening to your favourite songs on your commute can be a great way to relax and refocus."

A separate poll revealed Lady Gaga topped the "stress-busting" charts, followed by Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons and Take That.

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