The open office is the dominant environment in business today. While this type of office layout may or may not foster increased collaboration, it produces significantly more noise than closed offices or cubicles.
Studies have shown that workers in open offices are up to 66% less productive than those with acoustic privacy. The Gallup organization found that distracted workers are also more likely to be disengaged, have higher rates of absenteeism, and ultimately be more likely to leave. An ASID study found that 75% of respondents listed acoustics as the worst aspect of the office life.
Lack of acoustic privacy has been shown to negatively affect industries where regulations require institutions to maintain basic levels of privacy – such as healthcare, education, government, and financial institutions.
The cost of a noisy workplace represents a significant revenue loss for many Pittsburgh, PA businesses. Fortunately, treating bad acoustics is not particularly costly or complicated. There are three ways to treat office acoustics:
Most office environments will require some combination of these three tools to provide an acoustically pleasing atmosphere. In most cases, no one tool by itself will solve your privacy needs. While covering provides the greatest increase in privacy per dollar invested, it typically should be used in conjunction with the proper mixture of absorption and blocking components in order to achieve specific speech privacy levels.
Sound masking typically involves mounting music-quality speakers in a grid pattern above the acoustic ceiling tiles, where the sound uniformly filters down into the treated space below. The masking sound is tuned to be both comfortable and effective at masking human speech in the specific acoustic environment being treated.
Sound masking works by filling in the sound spectrum with unstructured sound similar to air conditioning, making speech unintelligible. The goal of any speech privacy system is to add enough sound to an area to cover up speech, yet still be quiet enough to be almost imperceptible. Good, well-tuned, quality sound masking systems will produce sound that your mind naturally tunes out. The more uniformly the sound masking system accomplishes this throughout the treated area, the more “invisible” the sound becomes.
Studies have shown that when organizations addressed workplace noise:
The bottom line is, better acoustics can save your Pittsburgh, PA business money, and keep your workforce happier and more productive.
David Davis Communications can help you achieve your privacy goals, creating a customized acoustic privacy solution that’s tailored to your environment and budget. Whether you're treating a small office or an entire facility, sound masking represents a minimal investment for the very real and measurable ROI gains you'll realize.
Contact us today for a custom privacy solution to improve your entire workspace!