How You Can Instantly Make Any Team Member Quit Slacking And Pull His Own Weight
Make slackers shape up with this one devious trick
“Happy, rhythmic music helps to increase a person’s mood and, in turn, people who are in better moods tend to cooperate more,” says lead study author Kevin Kniffin, Ph.D.
So if you have a slacker or two on your team, playing upbeat songs in the background (when socially acceptable) can help cultivate motivation and teamwork, says Kniffin.
While the study used oldies but goodies, it’s likely that any song with a lively rhythm should do the trick.
Options: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Happy” by Pharrell, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
You don’t need to blare them either: Playing them softly in the background in office settings should work just fine, he says.