Noise is the Leading Source of Annoyance in Offices
Lack of speech privacy is the leading cause of complaint in offices everywhere.
While we may spend more and more time in the online world, our main method of communication is still via speech – So why is sound so often ignored in workplace design?
Noise is all around us – computer keys tapping, footsteps as people move around the office, printers, conversations, phones ringing. Most of these sounds are outside of our control and that makes them all the more stressful. This constant low frequency background noise disrupts learning engenders fatigue, and increases stress hormones.
This is backed up by studies showing that if noise is a disturbing force in the open plan office environment, it not only leads to increased stress levels, but also to lower morale, a reduction in productivity, a rise in absenteeism and overall increased staff turnover. The impact of noise is therefore quite considerable.