It's great to have some background music on while at work, but some believe that music playing on a jobsite could be dangerously distracting. In a recent survey of remodelers conducted by BUILDER sister publication Remodeling, 18% of 730 remodelers have a company policy that bans radios from job sites. Remodeling assistant editor Curtis Sprung presents the findings of the survey.
"Some remodelers cited basic safety as the reason they don't have music on the site. Others mentioned that communication is key to getting jobs done on time, and radios interfere with that if they're turned up too loud."
Remodelers and builders can often be working right next to neighbors, who could be distracted by the noise or potentially offended by something that is playing. And sometimes, personal tastes are too different for many workers to compromise on one genre of music or radio station. One survey respondent wrote:
"Music for the most part is a major distraction at a job site. Invariably, there will be 'that guy' who plays his brand of music just a little too loud, which will distract and annoy other workers, and create animus. Personal music delivered by way of earbuds can be dangerous from the standpoint of the listener being unable to hear properly. Music is terrific, but it really doesn't have a place at the construction site."
But some remodelers thought that having radios on the site actually provided a benefit to the workers and had a positive influence on the workflow. "I think music on the job site can be beneficial," wrote another remodeler. "It helps with morale and can provide a "rhythm" to the work day.
As for what remodelers are listening to when they do have a radio on-site, Rock and Roll was by far the favorite genre, with 321 remodelers choosing the genre over others. Country was the second most popular genre with 195 selecting it. The "other" answer provided a myriad of responses, with NPR being a popular choice. Podcasts, books on tape, and Hawaiian music also had a few fans.