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.
Choose Noise Friendly Flooring
Hard surfaces like wood and ceramic can create a large amount of sound pollution within a work setting. Carpeting can help cancel the sound but is also hard to maintain and keep clean. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is easy to clean and is great at absorbing sound.
Dedicating a Space for Quiet Time
Quiet rooms are becoming popular in office design and companies are using them as a way for their employees to decompress. If you don’t have space right now, you could designate use of your office’s conference room as a quiet space during particular hours of the day.
It seems counterintuitive, but you can use noise to fight noise! Ambient sounds played at a consistent level will help mask other sounds in your space. Consider the sounds of rainfall or waves at a beach – these are proven to work.
Your office furniture choices can have an impact on the noise level in your office. Couches, lounge chairs, acoustic partitions, and cabinetry can all have a positive impact and absorb sound from the office.
Plants, placed in the proper areas, are also effective in reducing sound levels in an office space. Not only do they absorb sound, but they also provide a nice splash of natural color to your design and improve overall air quality!
If you’ve been thinking about an office redesign, consider installing sound insulation material as part of that process. This is the most effective option for reducing noise in your space.
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