Over half (52 percent) of workers are interrupted by noise distractions more than five times in a working day, with 17 percent stating that they are interrupted by noise more than 10 times.
The implications for architecture and interior design are remarkable, because these metamaterials could be applied to the built environment in many different ways.
Soundproof pods, saddle-shaped chairs, adjustable-height desks and wobble boards were in abundance at Stockholm Furniture Fair last week, as privacy and wellbeing become essential aspects of office furniture design.
A crop of new startups are racing to reinvent the cubicle, catering to businesses that want more private space for their employees.
Over 70 years ago, Aldous Huxley bemoaned the din of technology in his 1946 essay Science, Liberty and Peace, which covers a range of topics including this prescient piece on silence and the brain scrambling effect of distractions.
The idea of a cocktail party might be a bit dated, but it is the perfect metaphor for describing one aspect of the most common complaints about modern office design.
New team leader Rob Perri, a mechanical engineer with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon, brings a wealth of experience from Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sara Lee and PepsiCo to the team.
Open plan studies are placing too much emphasis on collaboration and not focusing enough on the real cause of worker inefficiency - noise.
While many of our clients are interested in acoustics because of information security issues, just as many are concerned about employee wellbeing and productivity.
The Working Walls Solutions acquisition provides Egan customers with access to a comprehensive range of standard, configured and custom products that are “visually appealing and functionally superb.”
The new company, providing aesthetically attractive and technically advanced acoustical solutions and consulting, complements Sedia Systems’ furniture in academic and musical performance spaces where sound matters.
For years, interior designers have looked at acoustic design, particularly in open plan offices, as somewhat of an esoteric dark art.
Any survey that sets out to establish what people believe cuts their productivity and annoys them most about their workplace almost invariably throws up the same result; the noise and distractions generated by other people.
Dubbed the ‘new walls’ of shared or open-plan offices, headphones allow workers to block out background noise during tasks that require intense concentration and focus.
Thoughtful design, paired with a change management program to educate staff, can both enhance connectivity and minimize distractions.