The modern work place is often open, busy and noisy. Nearly 80% of offices today are open-plan systems. This open space and team environment has many benefits in terms of collaborative thinking and more cost effective spaces, but there are often unintended consequences. Cubicles and loosely divided workspaces let the sound of speaker phones, computers and conversation drift up and out into the workspace. All this noise is often distracting, cuts productivity, and privacy is hard to come by.
And it’s not just offices that face this problem. Hospitals, pharmacies, law firms, educational facilities and others where you need privacy and productivity in an active, open environment also have this issue.
Traditional acoustics are only part of the answer. Today, when architects and space planners want to increase productivity and privacy, sound masking is a major part of the solution.
Sound Masking works by providing a constant, fixed level of unobtrusive background sound that covers, or dulls the intrusiveness office noises and speech. They produce a pattern of sound that is virtually unnoticeable in the day to day activity of a space, yet are at a level 4-5dB over the normal speech levels. This means that conversations in the cubicle next to you get “lost” in the noise, providing privacy. It also means that the distracting sound of phones ringing, computers playing media and other office equipment fade in the background, causing less of a distraction.
There’s a lot more to a sound masking system than just a few speakers and a cheap sound generator. Here are some things you should consider:
Careful attention to the noise patterns your masking system creates is vital. Some are intrusive and distracting and this often doesn’t show itself until you have […]