Archive for the ‘Sound Masking’ Category

Reduce Noise in Your Open Office Space with These Tips

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Noise in Offices

If your open office design is a little too loud, you’ll love these tips to reduce noise!

Noise is one of the most common complaints for employees in open office spaces. Not only is constant noise annoying, studies have pointed to a loss in productivity and an increase in stress as reasons why sound reduction should be a priority for office managers. While it’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate noise from your office setup, there are a few tips you can utilize to help your employees and positively impact your bottom line. (more…)

Does my Office Need Sound Masking?

Friday, December 4th, 2015
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When you have private, sensitive information to discuss, sound masking technology can help you to keep co-workers from overhearing.

Almost certainly, it does. If, in your office situation, employees  are disrupted by their co-workers’ conversations or, conversely, are overly aware that others can hear their conversations or are distracted by ringing telephones, printers, and other machines—in other words, if you work in an office at all—you’re a prime candidate for the benefits of sound masking. (more…)

Sound Masking for a Productive Office Environment

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Everyone has been there at some point: maybe you have a tight deadline to hit or maybe you’ve just returned from vacation and have a ton of work to catch up on. Meanwhile, Bill and Susan from Accounting just won’t stop chatting about their weekend, the tapping of Mike’s keyboard is deafening, and does Kathy really need to talk that loudly on the phone? It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! Did you know that excessive noise is one of the top causes of productivity loss in office workers? Fortunately, sound masking can be a viable option for bringing back focus in the workplace.

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Meanwhile, Bill and Susan from Accounting just won’t stop chatting about their weekend, the tapping of Mike’s keyboard is deafening, and does Kathy really need to talk that loudly on the phone? It’s enough to drive anyone crazy!

Why Do I Need Sound Masking?

Noise disrupts any work environment, no matter if it is a corporate office, law office, courthouse, healthcare facility, military facility, financial institution, or school. It can be especially troublesome, though, if you have sensitive material to keep private, such as needing to uphold doctor-patient confidentiality or if your HR representative must discuss a sensitive matter with an employee.

What are My Sound Masking Options?

There are several options when it comes to sound management in your office. Often, it’s best to “start from the top” – American Design Associates can install special acoustic ceiling tiles that absorb and block sound, creating privacy and eliminating distractions in open areas. Ceiling tiles can also be used in smaller, closed rooms to block sound is blocked from traveling to adjacent open areas. We also recommend architectural sound baffles, placed on your interior walls, or electronic sound masking, which can installed new or wired into your existing intercom system to help break up sound electronically. Electronic sound masking systems create a sound similar to blowing air, effectively masking distracting sounds. The sound is not only neutral and constant, but it also enhances performance when combined with ceiling panels and has been proven to help patients in healthcare environments sleep better.  (more…)

Sound Masking and Noise Control for a Peaceful Work Environment

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The difficult nature of sound stems from the fact that nearly everything makes it in some aspect.  Even the sound of a keyboard can resemble gunfire in spaces where noise reverberates freely, and especially so when multiple people are typing at the same time.  This can become especially bothersome in environments where hearing is imperative to the work involved, such as call centers and other communications-based industries.

sound-masking-noise-controlFinding Focus with Sound Masking

Among the possible improvements to the office space, the most valuable one is an increase in worker focus.  With sound masking, an employee will have fewer distractions that can take concentration away from his or her work.  This in turn leads to increased productivity as well as higher-quality service, especially when listening is key such as during telephone or video meetings.  This also leads to greater privacy for employees, who may feel like their work is being transmitted around the room for everyone else to hear.  This is particularly vital for office spaces with less-intricate floor plans for space dividers, where privacy is already a bigger issue.  In addition, this kind of space allows sound to travel more naturally in the first place because there are fewer walls and other objects blocking the sound waves.  When each employee is working with sensitive information or private projects that require a certain amount of compartmentalization, any unintentional exchange of information could cause a distraction.

Sound masking today can be accomplished technology called “direct-field systems.”  This type of control uses small and unobtrusive sound-producing nodes placed directly into the ceiling tiles of the affected space in order to produce white noise that forms a field that dampens other noises.  The nodes can be directly controlled and adjusted to maintain an even range of effect that doesn’t interfere with daily routines.  This sound masking solution is cheaper and more efficient than the previous method of installing sound dispersion above a false ceiling because the nodes can be installed much more easily.  In addition, the nodes comply with HIPAA and GLBA rules for workspaces handling private information.  Another great bonus is that they are LEED certified and can work toward an environmentally-friendly workspace without sacrificing the team environment or negatively impacting production margins.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Source:

http://www.corporatetechdecisions.com/article/sound_masking_the_essentials_and_the_benefits_of_controlled_noise

Sound Management: Tips for Dealing With a Noisy Office

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Do you ever have those days where every tap on the keyboard or clicking of a mouse just seems to echo throughout the office? Nevermind the people who are actually talking- the levels of noise that the typical office can reach are downright distracting! In fact, excessive noise is one of the biggest causes of lost productivity for workers. So how can you go about (quietly) combatting all that office noise? Read on to find out more.

What Can I Do to Reduce Office Noise?

Sound management is by far the most effective way to cut back on excess noise in the office. Sound management involves a few different steps; the first takes place in the overall design of your office. Ceiling panels with a high coefficient of absorption can be installed to help “soak up” noise as it echoes throughout your building. In addition to the actual panels, you can have sound masking systems, also known as “white noise machines” installed. These cover and mask sound and help create a more neutral backdrop for your work. American Design Associates can work with you to implement these sound management systems into your office design.

There are other steps than individual office workers can take to reduce noise in their immediate areas. Headphones, ear plugs, and even a personal fan can help to eliminate some of the clicking and chattering in the office. You can even rearrange the office so that desks are spread out a little further, giving everyone some extra personal space. For advice on how to arrange your office to maximize personal space, get in touch with American Design Associates today!


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American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Source:

http://www.jobacle.com/blog/noisy-office-10-tips-to-help-you-cope.html

How Can I Reduce Noise Levels in My Office?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Companies large and small can both run into this same, pesky issue: noise! Noise levels in an office are important to take note of. It can affect your employees’ productivity if there is too much unnecessary noise in an office, and it can be very distracting, especially in a smaller space, if you cannot keep noise levels to a minimum. Other than investing in earplugs for the whole company, what can you do? American Design Associates is here to help with our advice on the best interior design methods for reducing noise levels.

Start from the top

The ceiling, believe it or not, is instrumental in reducing noise in your office. American Design Associates can work with you to create customized ceiling panels that are specially created to absorb noise. Because the ceiling covers the entire work area, this will help keep the general level of noise in your office lower. Our specially designed ceiling panels can also work well in small, closed-off offices to keep the noise of the main and common area out, while keeping the motivation and concentration in.

Cover it up

Because you can’t very well instruct your employees not to talk at all, a sound masking system may help keep things as quiet as they need to be. American Design Associates’ sound masking systems create a constant and simple amount of white noise that is not distracting on its own but does cover up potentially distracting sounds of the office. Installing a sound masking system could mean the difference between a productive workplace and an inefficient one.

Do you have questions about how to use interior design to reduce noise levels in your office? Call on the experts at American Design Associates today to learn more.

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

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American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

 Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source:

http://www.americandesignonline.com/services/sound-management.html

The Benefits of Sound Masking from American Design Associates

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Every office situation and layout has some kind of noise pollution or noise that bleeds through different parts of the office. The result can be incredibly distracting and keep many of your employees from getting any work done. Productivity is hard enough to come by as it is, and with the distractions of noise bleeding through the walls it can make the kind of productivity you want to attain even harder.

Many factors such as speaker phone conferences, team environments and shared office spaces all contribute to the noise pollution that many offices experience day after day. The optimal work environment is one where employees have their own independent, noise-free environments in which to get their work done.

Sound masking is an office design option that can cut down on the amount of sound that bleeds through your walls. It improves employee comfort and productivity up to 20%. This improvement creates immediate results that can be seen in your bottom line. Whenever employees feels stressed or they need to concentrate, the first thing that needs to be eliminated are any noisy distractions.

Here are a few benefits to sound masking your office:

  • Less toxic noise – Sound masking gives you employees the opportunity to work on their tasks in a noise-free environment. It also gives them a chance to collaborate with other employees without disturbing people working in nearby spaces. This kind of independence will bring about an increase in worker productivity and create a better end product.
  •  Increased confidentiality – With sound masking, important meetings that need to be kept confidential can stay confidential.
  • Total masking coverage – There won’t be any ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ spots with a good sound masking system in place. Each area of your office will feel like a unique and new area where work can be done without any sound bleeding into your office.

American Design Associates

American Design Associates, Inc. is a contract furniture dealer and design firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

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The ABC’s of Sound Masking from American Design Associates

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

If you have a noisy office, Eliminate the disruption and distraction of noise and create a positive and effective environment with sound masking systems and specially designed ceiling panels provided by American Design Associates. Sound masking systems are used to improve acoustics in a variety of settings. Noise negatively disrupts any environment whether it is a corporate office, a healthcare facility, a law office, a courthouse, a financial institution, a military facility or a school environment.

Many of these businesses and institutions focus on the importance of privacy since confidential information has a chance to be overhead. With our sound masking design, your business or institution can have designated areas where no conversation will be overheard by people who aren’t supposed to hear them.

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Sound masking is important for open offices that can be either too quiet (where someone dropping office supplies in the next cubicle is incredibly distracting) – or too noisy (where the office conversations of co-workers make it impossible to concentrate). Open offices can benefit from sound masking because the added sound covers existing sounds in the area – making workers less distracted and more productive.

It is also important for private offices and other enclosed spaces, which often appear to provide privacy but actually do not. Many times, walls are lightweight and do not extend to the ceiling deck – only to the ceiling tile. Sound can easily travel through partitions or over the walls. Sound masking can be provided in adjacent private offices, or in hallways outside of private offices, to ensure that confidential conversations remain completely confidential.

Here are the ABC’s of sound masking from American Design Associates:

  • A is for Absorbing – Sound absorption is one of the most crucial parts of any sound masking system. Sound is absorbed through specially designed ceiling panels with a high coefficient of absorption. The sound is absorbed and blocked in a way that works best to create privacy and eliminate distractions in open areas.
  • B is for Blocking – Another important factor to sound masking is blocking. We offer ceiling panels that are specifically designed to block sound transmission and are best used in closed rooms where sound is blocked from going to adjacent open areas.
  • C is for Covering – Sound masking systems mask distracting sounds by creating a sound similar to that of blowing air. The sound is neutral and constant and is used to further cover sound and enhance the performance of ceiling panels. The neutral background sound has been proven in healthcare environments to help patients sleep better.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!