Sennheiser has announced that it is the official audio partner of Music at Work Week (MAWW), taking place between 25 November and 1 December, which celebrates the benefits of listening to music in the workplace on employee well-being and productivity.
Work-related stress and anxiety have a significant impact on productivity. It costs the UK economy billions of pounds each year, with over 15 million work days lost in the UK annually due to work-load related health problems.
Music at Work Week has been created by Dr. Julia Jones (aka Doctor Rock), who has been prescribing music for personal health and business health for over 20 years. Sennheiser is passionate about its commitment to audio and is supporting MAWW’s mission to transform workplace well-being for employees through music in the UK, and beyond.
Studies have shown that music plays a key role in positively impacting mental and physical health. A recent WHO report highlights that music has great potential to improve global health, but it is not yet being properly recognised or harnessed.
Listening to music daily helps both the brain and body, as it can enable listeners to enter into a “flow state”, or a place of deep concentration, which can drive productivity.
This is a huge opportunity for businesses that are looking for new ways to support employee wellness and increase efficiency.
Tom Martin, Retail Sales Director UK, Ireland & Nordics at Sennheiser: “An optimal environment is needed to encourage ‘flow state’, which can drive productivity. Part of this is avoiding distractions that stop us from reaching this state, such as conversations in the office, large meetings, email notifications or printer and copier noises, among others.
“Headphones can become an effective tool in helping people to concentrate in a busy environment, and high-quality headphones strike the perfect chord when it comes to providing a good overall listening experience. Listeners can enjoy superior audio through accurate sound reproduction, block out outside noise and prevent the sound from leaking”.
Author and academic, Dr. Julia Jones, said: “Whether an individual’s preference is for relaxing or binaural music to enter a calm state or upbeat pop music to keep them motivated, regardless of personal music preference, music can have a positive impact on health and well-being of listeners and has the ability to assist in the management of ‘stress hormone’ cortisol.
“We want as many businesses as possible to support Music at Work Week internationally. This is a serious issue and costs employers and the economy billions of pounds a year. Technology has had a massive effect on the working environment and health. We want to spark a workplace transformation revolution.”