Mindy Kaling has a secret weapon for getting inspired at work: Rihanna. Mindy who has been a writer and actor on The Office for years and is now spearheading her own series, The Mindy Project, told The Los Angeles Times, “Rihanna is a big favorite. Whatever the reason the guys on my staff can get behind it. They think she’s just super hot and intimidating. I can listen … and feel inspired by it because everyone is into it.”
As co-creator and producer of The Mindy Project, Mindy has a lot of work to do so anything that will get her writing is a helpful tool. Even if it means getting under an um-berella all day. ” ‘Run This Town,’ we’ll just play that,” she said of the power anthem. “[I'll say,] Come on guys! Who is going to run this town? Is it going to be us or another show?”
Now Mindy and her staff are probably all listening to an iPod stereo of some sort but it should be noted that listening to headphones at work can be bad for your career. The Harvard Business Review recently focused on this trend pointing out that headphones reduce traditional, organic collaboration which before the invention of the iPod, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube (I’m not counting the DiscMan or WalkMan because I don’t think people brought those to work) wasn’t an issue. Headphones, with some people, can actually stunt innovation. Just hearing the scuddlebutt of office life is important and you never know when a networking opportunity might present itself. Or a project opportunity that could help get you promoted. Wearing headphones also just creates a less social culture. Not that you need to be talking all day and not working but you do feel less connected when you stay in your bubble of technology. Kreamer cited research by Management professors Sigal Barsade at Wharton and Hakan Ozcelik at Cal State Sacramento. In a recent study, they found “because they feel more estranged and less connected to coworkers, lonelier employees will be more likely to experience a lack of belongingness at work, thus decreasing their affective commitment to their organizations.”
But listening to music together probably enhances the connections with her coworkers. The Mindy Project costars Chris Messina and Ed Weeks, and premieres on Sept. 25.