Traditionally, an office building contains one company. Different departments might be on different floors, and there may be coffee shops and other small businesses tucked in to serve employees, but the majority of the building is dedicated to one company, and it is filled with large workspaces filled with colleagues.
That model is becoming a rarity. As The Washington Post points out, shared offices and co-working spaces are turning the traditional office concept upside down. These sorts of businesses need small spaces tucked within large metropolitan areas, and they might appreciate renting just part of a floor rather than an entire building.
Enter the office complex concept. These buildings may house one very large company or be devoted to dozens of disparate companies that nestle together in close-set buildings.
How can you make a large office complex seem like a unified whole, even if you are dealing with several different companies? Through the use of the perfect office music playlist.
Where to Play Music in an Office Complex
Whether running a large or small office complex, you will need dedicated entries and exits — spaces employees will encounter as they come and go from work, and spaces customers will spend time in as they wait to interact with staff.
Music is the perfect lobby addition. According to the review site JLL, an office lobby should be an introduction to the brand that lives inside it, helping people to understand the business, the employees, and the company’s products.
Matching music to a brand is just one way to make that messaging crystal clear.
Plenty of other communal spaces could benefit from a touch of music. Hallways and elevators, for example, might shine a little brighter when music plays, especially if your office complex experiences traffic backlogs. Waiting for the elevator might be a little more pleasant, for example, if music is available to smooth the wait.
Bathrooms can also benefit from music. Playing the right tunes can provide a sense of privacy, which could make time spent in a bathroom a bit more comfortable.
What to Avoid With Music
In a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers asked workers in open-office plans to name their top source of dissatisfaction. Many participants cited noise as a major annoyance.
Office noise can emanate from a variety of sources, such as these:
- Printers and copiers
- Phone calls
- Hard shoes on hardwood floors
- Coffee makers
- Raucous meetings
For some workers, the music you play over loudspeakers could also be considered noise. While you might choose that music carefully, people who are trying to concentrate on a task or who simply do not enjoy the music you have selected may consider your music to be another distraction that keeps them from work.
Office workers avoid these distractions through headphones, but as Bloomberg points out, those can annoy managers. Employees tapped into their playlists are unavailable for conversation and collaboration with coworkers. They are locked inside their little worlds, listening to sounds no one else can hear. Office managers who want to promote constant communication and cooperation between employees may grow upset if the music they play has the opposite effect.
Choosing Your Music
Choosing music is personal, and the tunes one person loves can be a source of intense irritation to someone else. While you want the music you select to reflect your brand, you also want your key stakeholders to support your musical choices, so they won't be tempted to overrule your playlist or disable your speakers. A conversation with your stakeholders about song choices might be wise.
But even when you know what music to play, you can't start playing them immediately. Composers, musicians, and others hold the copyright, and your office is a public performance space. You could get fined each time a song plays.
Working with a company like Cloud Cover Music can simplify your legal or logistical challenges. Choose from playlists designed for offices, and customize them per your brand.
Know that each song you play is legally protected. And make changes with a dashboard easily, so you can dedicate your time to other tasks.
Song: Andante Cantabile, Op. Posth.
Artist(s): Budapest Strings
Song: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Artist(s): Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould
Song: Deux Arabesques L. 66: No. 1 Andante con moto
Artist(s): Claude Debussy, Zoltán Kocsis
Song: Fauré: Pavane in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 (Orchestral Version)
Artist(s): Gabriel Fauré, Sir David Willcocks, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Song: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 50 (Orchestral Version)
Artist(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Levit
Song: Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1
Artist(s): Gabriel Fauré, Yo-Yo Ma
Song: String Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, MWV R 25: II. Canzonetta: Allegretto
Artist(s): Felix Mendelssohn, Kapralova Quartet
Song: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”: III. Con moto moderato
Artist(s): Felix Mendelssohn, Leanord Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Song: Karelia Suite, Op. 11: 3. Alla marcia. Moderato
Artist(s): Jean Sibelius, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Song: Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor, “Für Elise”, WoO 59
Artist(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Lang Lang
Artist(s): Maggie Rogers
Artist(s): Kacey Musgraves
Song: Green & Gold
Artist(s): Lianne La Havas
Song: You Make My Dreams
Artist(s): Daryl Hall & John Oates
Song: Ain’t A Thing (feat. Kaleem Taylor)
Artist(s): Oliver Nelson, Kaleem Taylor
Artist(s): George Ezra
Song: Castle on the Hill
Artist(s): Ed Sheeran
Song: Come Alive (with Years & Years and Jess Glynne)
Artist(s): Years & Years, Jess Glynne
Song: Dancing In the Moonlight – Original Recording
Artist(s): King Harvest
Song: Two Thousand and Seventeen
Artist(s): Four Tet
Song: Belly Breathing
Artist(s): DJ Harrison
Song: Degrees of Light
Artist(s): Taylor McFerrin
Song: For Marmish
Artist(s): Floating Points
Song: Be Encouraged
Song: Window Drops
Find the Right Mix for Your Office Complex
Work with professionals with years of experience in the music business. Rely on the expertise of Cloud Cover Music in finding and sharing the right songs for your office complex. Control the sounds from one easy-to-use dashboard, and get started with no long-term contracts or extensive installations.
Contact us today, and we can tell you more.
Washington Office Buildings, Not Just Downtown Anymore. (May 2016). The Washington Post.
How the Office Lobby Speaks Volumes. (August 2017). JLL.
Workplace Satisfaction: The Privacy-Communication Tradeoff in Open-Plan Offices. (December 2013). Journal of Environmental Psychology.
How Music at the Office Affects Your Work Life. (November 2012). Bloomberg.