The A,B,C’s of Office Acoustics

According to a recent survey by ASID, over 70 % of workers in the open plan design say they would be more productive if they had less noise in their workplace.

Unwanted noise and distractions can reduce worker productivity and hurt morale. Research consistently shows unwanted noise remains a top ten complaint in the workplace. This issue has been exacerbated by the trend towards the open plan and lower cubicle walls.

If acoustics are an issue in your workplace, it might help to understand the A, B, C’s of solving acoustical issues.

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Absorb: Sound can be absorbed by acoustical ceiling tile and to a lesser degree, carpet. Soft materials above and below the source of sound will absorb a portion of that noise.

Block: Cubicle walls can block sound waves and direct a portion up to the ceiling tile. acoustical cubicle panels can absorb sound as well.

Cover: Sound that isn’t blocked and absorbed should be “covered” by “white noise” or sound masking.

Team Office is proud to represent Lencore, the industry leader in sound masking, mass notification and paging systems. If you’re concerned with the acoustics in your office, call Team Office today and schedule your FREE acoustical analysis.

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