The magic of music has been a secret weapon in the workplace, helping boost tradespeople’s brain activity and turn up the volume on productivity. But when it comes down to it, what do tradespeople listen to at work?
Well, according to the Toolbox’s research, green thumbed gardeners love working along to tunes about balmy weather, which is probably unsurprising when you consider that good weather is usually associated with growth and vitality in the garden.
Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks, Sunny by Bobby Hebb, and In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry are all in gardeners’ Spotify playlists.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) seem to have stolen the hearts of builders in the UK with their infectious blend of rock, funk, punk, and a dash of psychedelic seasoning, as Toolbox found that two popular RHCP songs made it to builders’ top 10 songs – 1999’s Californication and Snow (Hey Oh), released in 2006.
And it turns out that landscapers are big country music fans, as Jon Pardi, Oliver Anthony, Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen, and Jason Aldean all make it into their top 10 songs.
Interestingly, six of carpenters’ top 10 songs are by classic rock bands like AC/DC, Gun N’ Roses, and The Rolling Stones, and another three are by country musicians Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen.
Electricians also appear to be big Guns N’ Roses fans, as Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, and Paradise City all feature in electricians’ top 10 songs on Spotify.
Working with such a variety of materials and tools, it’s hard to believe that different trades have much in common at all, but a love of music might be the one thing that brings all tradespeople together.
Out of all the trades’ playlists combined, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana featured most often, closely followed by the 2004 smash hit Mr Brightside by The Killers, and AC/DC’s classic Back in Black.
A spokesperson for Toolbox by Admiral, comments, “There’s a whole symphony of reasons tradespeople and other workers enjoy listening to tunes while they’re on the clock. Research shows that the limbic system, which is involved in processing emotions and memory, lights up when our ears perceive music. This makes music a fantastic stress-buster, but in the most basic sense, it can also help muffle out annoying background noise, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.
“However, it’s worth noting that although there are countless benefits of listening to music at work, it can come with health and safety concerns, so make sure to listen at sensible volumes, be mindful of tripping hazards, keep electrics away from water and consider music licensing laws when listening to music at work.
“Despite everyone’s best intentions, sometimes accidents can happen. Fortunately, if you’re a tradie or own a trade-related business, our flexible public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance policies can protect you, your employees and your business from costly legal repercussions.”