Sound can be a tricky challenge when it comes to an office space. Why, you ask?
Because we all know how too much or too little noise can affect our train of thought and concentration levels—especially when it comes to our work. Many of the ways noise can affect productivity in an office range from conversations, buzzing from equipment, and even sounds of a phone ringing. All of these can hinder the human thought process, turning an otherwise quick task potentially into a day-long project.
You may not think about it, but the way sound affects us in the workplace can have long-term effects on our health. Along with the already high pressure to perform our jobs on a daily basis, you now have to factor in what happens if you encounter noise distractions. Now that you’re behind on your work, you’re stress increases exponentially to get the tasks completed, which in turn impacts your health and can potentially make you sick. Now, you’re out of the office and missing even more work—all because of noise you couldn’t control.
As the priority for every business should be their employees’ health and well-being, sound acoustics should be a priority when considering your next office redesign.
Many offices are making the switch to open floor plans to help increase productivity and collaboration between employees. However, at what point does this concept actually hinder productivity? Open floor plans can result in conversations being had that employees can’t seem to get away from.
There are different solutions for every office, but the most common solutions is soundproofing your meeting and relaxation spaces. As we get going in 2022, this is an up and coming trend that can be a perfect compromise between an open floor plan and employee productivity. (Link to 2022 Trend blog)
It’s a known fact that when businesses go through renovations, rarely do they think about the their office’s acoustic levels; rather, they are more focused on the aesthetics. Both are important and can drastically affect the way employees perform, especially when it comes to the open floor plan-designed office.
You don’t have to sacrifice your office design to accommodate sound barriers. With an abundance of options ranging from hanging sound panel dividers to wall panels, there are many ways to reduce the noise in your office while maintaining the desired aesthetic.
Our team of expert designers work with every client to ensure they are getting the best option for sound proofing, based on their specific needs for the space. Have questions about how best to soundproof your office? Contact us today to speak with one of our designers!
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