Currently, with the GetaMoveOn network and the eWorklife team, Joe is investigating how music can be used in the workplace to support desktop workers. Modern workers spend a great deal of time sitting, which can be harmful to both their physical and mental wellbeing. However, at the same time, there is an increasing focus on productivity which means taking breaks can be difficult. To address this we have developed a music-based system to help workers focus on their work, but also encourage break taking.
You can try out version one of the eWorklife radio here: https://www.eworklife.co.uk/eworklife-radio/
Joe’s research is looking at how people use music to both aid concentration and lift their mood, and how this may be used to encourage a change in workplace behaviour to support healthy break taking. Read more around the design and user research that went into Remote work Radio here: https://jwnewbold.com/2022/06/22/designing-remote-work-radio/