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Too Noisy at Work?

Noise is considered the number one problem in the office!

53% of workers are distracted by others while trying to focus – Gensler

62% of workers cited noise as the most disturbing aspect of their workplace.

92% of Employees felt their office was too noisy and they could not concentrate.

It takes a person approximately 25 minutes to re-focus after distraction or interruptions

Awareness

Understanding Basic Acoustics

Managing Acoustics within a room can be addressed in a multitude of ways. The solution often lies with the problematic frequency rather than a ‘one size fits all’ solution

  • A – Absorbing sound can be done in a variety of ways, most solutions address the speech frequencies which is usually the reason you are searching for an acoustic solution
  • B – Blocking is usually considered with the use of screens, furniture or walls that cut off direct path of sound
  • C – Covering Sound is a technology solution also referred to as sound masking or white noise. The background sound is raised to make speech in large space unintelligible
  • D –According to inverse-square law, the sound energy drops by 6 DB every time you double the distance from the source
  • E – Etiquette needs to be observed at all times, the productivity loss from constant distraction costs organizations millions every year.

Tips

Quick Tips on Managing Acoustics

Discipline

Control noise levels by Policy

Orientation

Occupant orientation can create a difference of up to 9 Decibels

Choice

Design to allow for different modes of work

Density

Reduce the impact of dense spaces in the workplace

Too Noisy at Work?

Noise is considered the number one problem in the office!

53% of workers are distracted by others while trying to focus – Gensler

62% of workers cited noise as the most disturbing aspect of their workplace.

92% of Employees felt their office was too noisy and they could not concentrate.

It takes a person approximately 25 minutes to re-focus after distraction or interruptions