Listening to your go-to playlist can make working more enjoyable, but some music genres can fuel your professional growth. A study conducted by IT service provider Electric revealed that 16% of tech workers who grooved to EDM productivity playlists while on duty received a promotion or raise within the past year.
After surveying 1,000 workers about their on-the-job streaming preferences and analyzing productivity playlists, the research found that electronic music secured a spot in the top five genres for efficient workflow.
While EDM might be outranked in productivity playlist popularity by pop, lo-fi, and K-pop, it remains a sought-after genre for artists like deadmau5 and Daft Punk.
Hip-hop’s empowering lyrics proved to be the secret ingredient for career success in the tech industry. The urban music genre registered the highest percentage of workers getting a raise (26%) or promotion (33%).
On the other side of the spectrum, indie rock and country music are career setbacks, ranking last for productivity, raises, and promotions.
The EDM genre remains a topic of debate, with 29% of respondents finding it productive, while 30%, found it distracting. The genre’s broad subcategories, spanning from Martin Garrix’s high-energy beats to Lane 8’s deeply melodic tunes, contribute to the contrast.
Earlier this year, NTIA reported UK’s electronic music is experiencing its heyday. The music industry report valued the genre at a whopping £2.6 billion. Clubs are worth £1.65 billion, while festivals contribute £519 million to the thriving scene.