At Microsoft, each day one person signs up to blast a song across the work area at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The thinking behind this is that at this point of the day everyone is dragging and this could be an energy boost for the employees to end the day.

Afternoon’s lifts also serve as a team building activity, encourages connections, improves productivity, and enhances the work environment.

Team Building:

The idea that everyone gets to pick a song to blast across the intercom at 3:00 pm allows everyone to participate and be a part of an activity.  When everyone is included in a project, energy levels increase, ownership strengthens, and the feeling of being a part of a team is felt through out the department.


It allows men and women to connect with one another through music.  They can also get to know each other’s personality in regards to music, music selection, and what motivates them.  They can even poke fun at each other and the type of music he/ she likes.


Research has found that employees can boots their productivity by listening to music at work.  “Music has the power to make the workplace more cooperative and supportive overall.” – Brian Wansink


Finally, it allows employees to look forward to something every afternoon as the day wears on. Compare this culture to other organizations that trudge through the day without any variety, changes, or disruptors in their work day.

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*Brian Wansink, Researcher – Consumer Behavior and Marketing Research