What's the sound of your office? Close your eyes and listen.
Open-plan offices make miracles for company culture, but the acoustics tend to suffer. And poor-quality acoustics is like bad lighting, it makes you tired and lowers your ability to concentrate. Workers in distracting environments are less effective than workers in acoustically planned spaces.
Studies show that in modern offices the main problem is distracting sounds – primarily speech. More clear the speech is, the bigger the problem of poor acoustic conditions is.
Noise control and acoustic planning in open offices should aim at reducing distractive speech noise. Applicable acoustic planning methods include, for example, the design of room acoustics and layout, the team arrangement of workers, and behavioral rules in the office.
Separate space for phone calls or small meetings and private place to do tasks needing concentration improves not only the overall sound environment but also concentration and comfortability.
There is a wide range of options for meeting acoustic needs in offices. Sound-absorbing screens and wall panels, absorbent cabinet doors and backgrounds are just a few examples