HR Strange But True!
March 11, 2010

Several Oregon DMV offices are cancelling their Muzak subscriptions--and there are no reports of employees singing the blues.

In all, 13 DMV offices in the state will lose their subscriptions to Muzak, which offers background music for companies, the Oregonian reports. The Muzak service is played in the lobbies for motorists waiting to do business with the DMV. The newspaper notes that some employees and customers had complained about the Muzak.

If you are a fan of Muzak, have no fear--10 offices want to add Muzak subscriptions.

The monthly cost of the subscriptions range from $110 to $160 per office, so the cancellations will save the state around $600 per year if you subtract the cost of the 10 new subscriptions.

The DMV subscribes to Muzak's Audio Architecture program, which integrates “music, voice, and sound to create experiences that link customers with companies.” In addition to the background music, the DMV offices provide public service information through the Muzak system.

Muzak contends that music has many positive effects on the workplace, including stress reduction and employee productivity increases. You can read the company's argument here.

Source: Oregonian

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