The impact of distracting noise in the office

Impact of Distracting Noise in the Office

the impact of

distracting noise

in the office

The Impact of distracting noise in the office

70% of modern offices have adopted a more open plan working environment, taking down walls to create a collaborative approach to work. Whilst this philosophy enables greater communication and collaboration, ongoing research has shown the negative impact on worker productivity, well-being and worker satisfaction, particularly when doing focused task based work. People simply can’t concentrate.

The majority of office workers identify noise as their number one issue concerning the symptoms of stress and reduced productivity. With office noise hindering

productivity by up to 66%, it’s an issue that is worth addressing. The implementation of acoustic products can have a great impact on office staff with a 20% increase in measured productivity and 48% increase in task focus. An effective acoustic system has also proven to reduce distracting conversations by 51% and create a 27% reduction in physical symptoms of stress, improving staffs overall well-being.

How do you reduce Office Noise? Office acoustics in work environments are not only affected by noise levels but how clearly we can understand what is being said 

around us, also known as speech intelligibility. To tackle the acoustic issues, we undertake the ABC philosophy; Absorb, Block and Cover. Absorb is an acoustic baffle, acoustic screen, wall mounted acoustic panel or suspended acoustic space divider designed to reduce the reflection of sound. Block is implemented by dense office furniture such as freestanding screens, high back sofas, office pods, and Cover is a low-level sound masking system designed to create a background noise. The combination of these 3 styles of products reduce the overall distracting noise in the workplace, and are bespoke to each client’s needs.

Absorb

An acoustically absorbent product designed to reduce the reflection of sound

A selection of typical class A acoustic products including wall mounted panels, ceiling suspended panels, lighting and freestanding screens designed to reduce the reflection of sound. Ceiling baffles and panels are used to reduce the impact of noise, and block the uninterrupted ceiling space. Large dense freestanding screens divide off collaborative areas and can reduce sound and create a visual barrier. Decorative suspended ceiling panels act as a middle ground, dividing workspaces and ceiling space, while adding interest to the office.

Block

A product which is dense, reducing the transmission of speech sounds from one area to another

High back sofas, office pods, solo work booths and telephone booths are a dense sound absorbing product which help reducing the transmission of speech sounds from one area to another. Often used for collaborative projects, this type of office furniture reduces noise travelling and adds a multipurpose workspace. Upholstered high back sofas are a favourite, the sofas create a semi-private meeting space without the need the building partition walls and are often filled with sound absorbing foam and thick upholstery to maximise sound absorption. See our high back sofas and collaborative furniture here.

Cover

Although counterintuitive, a sound masking product which is designed to create a pleasant, easily ignored background sound which helps to reduce distraction and improve privacy.

Although counter-intuitive, a sound masking product which is designed to create a pleasant, easily ignored background sound which helps to reduce distraction and improve privacy. This can be implemented as ceiling sound masking, air conditioning units or a simple low-level radio. The overall aim of a sound masking system is to minimise speech intelligibility.