Listening to Drake and the Foo Fighters Can Increase Your Work Productivity

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Drake performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, September 23. The rapper is among the most played artists in U.K. offices. Christopher Polk/Getty

Managers of the world, are you looking to increase productivity in the office? Play more Drake.

A new report by music psychologist Dr. Anneli Haake reveals the "One Dance" rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and rockers the Foo Fighters are the most popular artists in places of business across the U.K.

Haake's published report, the Sound of Productivity, commissioned by job-hunting website totaljobs and music streaming service Deezer, also found that 59 percent of the British workforce believe listening to music on the job increases mood and productivity.

The most popular genres among Brits, meanwhile, are pop and current chart music, as well as folk and indie. The least popular was classical or instrumental. (Sorry, Andrea Bocelli.)

Haake and her collaborators quizzed 4,553 people to achieve a representative sample of the U.K.

In an accompanying blog post, the psychologist said "79 percent of people would benefit from listening to music at work. However, over one third (38 percent) are not allowed to (though many would benefit from it)."

The survey identified the professions most likely and least likely to allow employees to listen to music. Computer programmers are the group most likely to have a soundtrack to their work, according to the research, followed by people who work in data analytics, advertising, marketing, PR or the arts.

The professions that are more inclined to place a moratorium on Rihanna and Lady Gaga include accountancy, education, sales, manufacturing, hospitality and healthcare.

But Haake believes that all professions could benefit from musical stimulation. She says "it's a clever way to help manage work environments and minimise interruptions; a cost-effective way to combat stress; and a positive technique for encouraging self care."

By the way, if you're one of the lucky employees able to plug into your playlist, totaljobs' music personality quiz creates a specially curated playlist just for your 9-to-5. (It's pretty accurate—mine has Beyoncé.)

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