Most companies are continuing to move towards open plan workspaces as they save on office overheads and space while boosting productivity, communication and collaboration. However, if these spaces aren’t designed properly, you’ll get the opposite effect as noise and speech distractions make employees frustrated, less productive and unable to concentrate. Here are some tips for keeping your office acoustics down to a comfortable level, from our specialists in modern office cubicles and ergonomic desks.
- Get the mix of settings right: Open plan design is not just about knocking down all the walls and expecting productivity to go up – it’s about creating a place that works with your employee needs. Recent studies show that workers spend on average just 30-50% of their day working at their desk – so where else are they working and what does that work require? Having a mix of settings to meet these needs – including private and meeting spaces – will prevent open plan spaces from becoming noisy and disruptive.
- Zone your space for noise: Collaborative work activities are can be as noisy as they are essential, so plan your space out to meet your team’s acoustic needs. Quiet focus areas should be placed well away from areas designed for interaction with intermediate buffer zones between them so that workers are free to perform without infringing on others.
- Invest in the ABCs: Here, “A” stands for absorptive materials, like ceiling and wall treatments that absorb rather than reflect sound, dampening noise. “B” refers to sound blocking between spaces to stop sound traveling through your building, and “C” refers to cover noise – the use of background noise and electronic sound masking to cover conversations.
- Office noise policies: It’s also important to have clear office policies to help manage noise in the workplace, from rules like not using speakerphones in open spaces to rules about quiet focus areas and where meetings and collaborative efforts should take place.
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