Happy, upbeat music may be under-appreciated when it comes to improving teamwork
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Happy, upbeat music boosts teamwork according to a new study.
The study gave members of teams multiple opportunities to contribute tokens to their team or keep them for personal use.
Team members contributed up to 30% more to their team when happy music, such as the “Happy Days” theme song, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles or “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, was playing.
When no music, or unpleasant music was played (in this case, heavy metal songs by little-known bands), team members contributed less to their teams.
Lead researcher, Kevin Kniffin of Cornell University, said:
Lots of employers spend significant sums of time and money on off-site team building exercises to build cooperation among employees.
Our research points to the office sound system as a channel that has been under-appreciated as a way to inspire cooperation among co-workers.
Given the finding that music boosts teamwork, the researchers suggest managers may wish to consider both customer experience and workers’ when picking the day’s music.
Starting the day with happier music could result in happier employees and more teamwork.
A co-author of the study, Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, added:
What’s great about these findings, other than having a scientific reason to blast tunes at work, is that happy music has the power to make the workplace more cooperative and supportive overall.
The study was published in the Journal Of Organizational Behavior (Kniffin et al., 2016).
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