Noise is a normal part of work, but excessive noise levels have been identified as a major problem for productivity.1 Noise affects our concentration, stress levels and our capacity for creative thinking. Disruptions and distractions cause frustration and wellbeing and productivity suffers. Screens and acoustic tiles can help to reduce noise levels and provide workers with quiet spaces within busy areas. Noisy furniture is often a major source of distractions – look for designs that are light and quiet to move. In some situations, relaxing sounds or music can boost productivity, so think as well about the positive potential for sound in your workspace. 

1. J. Kim, R. Dear (2013) Workspace satisfaction: The privacy-communication trade-off in open-plan offices, Journal of Environmental Psychology Volume 36, December 2013, Pages 18-26

Strategies and tips!

  • Screens and acoustic panels can provide textual stimulation and reduce noise levels
  • Provide plenty of different sized meeting rooms and encourage workers to use them
  • Keep social areas like kitchens and coffee bars away from main work areas

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