Lighter Side: Looking to lift office spirits? Look no further…

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If you’re looking to lift spirits in the workplace this winter, look no further - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has conducted a seasonal survey and the results might just be music to your ears.

In the recent SOCAN ‘Holiday Music Survey’, 43 per cent of the 1,543 Canadian respondents said they’d like to hear Christmas music in the workplace.

The results also revealed that Christmas music could make Canadians happy, not just at work, but also on the way to work. If we’re to believe the survey, 58 per cent of residents would like to hear holiday music on public transport.

It seems it might take nothing more than a bit of Bing Crosby to improve Canadians’ experience of the everyday commute – really?

But Canadians’ enthusiasm to embrace Christmas carols certainly isn’t shared the world over – in 2006, the UK government was asked to investigate policies on holiday music in shops after campaigners and trades unions labelled the practice of over-playing festive music  a form of psychological “torture” that staff are forced to endure.

Strong words - especially when countless studies, including the SOCAN survey, have found evidence to suggest music plays an instrumental part in a businesses’ success during the holiday season.

Other findings from the survey include:
  • 64 per cent of Canadians say that they’d like to hear holiday music in places where they need to wait - like the post office or doctor’s office.
  • Only 10 per cent of shoppers claim to dislike holiday music.
  • 82 per cent of Canadians enjoy listening to all kinds of holiday music while the shop.

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  • Hannah K on 2014-12-01 8:40:38 AM

    As someone who works retail, I can tell you that 90% of retail workers hate Christmas music. We started after Canadian Thanksgiving this year. Far too soon!

    As a someone who uses public transportation, and as someone coming from a very immigration heavy city, I can tell you that half of the bus occupants don't celebrate Christmas. You want to keep people happy on the bus? Don't give them something to fight about.

    As someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas, I would be mildly offended if a public entity promoted a single religion, but I've learned to deal with it. Others are not so understanding.

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