We live in a time where workplaces offer indoor golf-courses, serenity eggs, and unlimited pressed juice. Companies are trying their best to make their offices more appealing to millennials by having both state of the art technologies and quirky spaces for workers to express their creativity.
But we’re assuming that unlike Google, Apple or Facebook, you don’t have billions of dollars at your disposal. However, there are things you can do yourself to improve your everyday #CUBELIFE! Let’s go back to the basics. Can something as simple as the music on your iPhone make your workday infinity times better? A New York Times article about music and workplace productivity concludes that “melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain” that’s similar to the effects of “looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma.” Other studies have shown that music helps workers feel happier and be more efficient when completing boring, repetitive tasks. While many would agree music makes things more fun, some experts think specificity is important, arguing that certain genres and styles of music are more appropriate and beneficial for different scenarios. To make things easier for you, we’ve made you an EPIC playlist of our favorite songs for all kinds of workplace situations! Put on those Dr.Dre Beat headphones and get ready to rock out!
Britney Spears “Gimme More”
Like most great works of art, “Gimme More” initially drew mixed responses from critics. Whether you thought it was a career low or a career high, there’s no doubt that Britney’s 2007 hit is the perfect song to listen to before asking your boss for a raise. Go to the bathroom, crank up the volume and stare at yourself in the mirror as you chant along with America’s Pop Princess: Gimme Gimme More Gimme Gimme Gimme More!
Alanis Morisette “You Oughta Know”
Not everyone at your job is necessarily going to be your BFF. Sometimes, you might even make a workplace enemy! Blast Alanis Morisette’s notoriously angry breakup song after you suffer through ANOTHER passive aggressive meeting with your rival.
Dido “Thank You”
After years of bouncing around in workplaces that you were incompatible with, you’ve finally found a company that fits like a glove. Maybe your boss just added a Frozen Yogurt allowance into your contract or maybe your work BFF has just come back from lunch break with one extra Poke bowl; whatever the occasion, Dido’s angelic ode to gratitude is incredible for acknowledging and celebrating how far you’ve come.
Daft Punk “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
Your boss is making you work overtime to finish up those Excel spreadsheets that are quite frankly, the bane of your existence. You make yourself a quadruple shot espresso and buckle down. Put on Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and you’ll feel both more productive and excited to leave the office and hit the raves. If techno isn’t your thing, try Kanye’s version!
Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
You just got an E-vite for a company cocktail party. Mazel Tov! Listen to everyone’s favorite Bar Mitzvah banger to get ready for your wild night! I gotta feeling this will put you in the right mood to party.