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.
It’s no wonder that healthcare workers are at high risk for physical and mental health problems, including musculoskeletal injuries and depression. Long overlooked, the impacts of diminished caregiver health are now coming to the surface.
Airborne sound comprises sound generated within a room and transmitted through the air. Typically, this includes people talking, typing, walking and moving objects; phones ringing; noise from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment; printers; and sound/music systems.
Scale is a system of modules that are made of cut and folded acoustic fiber composite with a 100% wool felt front, in your choice of 63 colorways.
The open-plan office, with its lack of offices, partitions and other noise-absorbing devices, is the main culprit in the war on noise. The push to create more collaborative, creative workplaces has made some employees feel like battery chickens.
A stylish new modular partition from the San Francisco-based design firm Box Clever was designed to easily give workers a little more personal space.
The SoundLab was created to help clients make immersive decisions about how much sound-absorbing treatment they should use in a project. Their driving philosophy: The best way to make that decision is “to listen and trust one’s own ears.”
Ever since the open office plan was introduced as the so-called ‘best design option’ for the 21st-century workplace, a major debate has been circulating about whether or not this has actually been more helpful or harmful to workers’ productivity levels.
Noise can cripple an environment, so acousticians are using immersive sound technology to more accurately predict and prevent a barrage of distractions.
With the rise of the open office has come the rise of what I’ll call the open office symphony: the consistent click-clack of a colleague who types a little bit too aggressively, the boisterous yammer of loud talkers, and intermittent laughs about something on Slack or Twitter or YouTube.
For companies moving from traditional office design, with workers accustomed to private offices, adjusting to an open office "can be a real shock . . . when an organization plunks people down without any change management or communication" about what to expect
Beloved designer Eva Zeisel may have passed away in 2011, but her iconic designs and aesthetic live on through partnerships, like with FilzFelt. The felt and acoustic panel brand has turned her most popular shapes that were once ceramics, and translated them into modular acoustic tiles for the wall, in the Eva Zeisel Collection.
How loud is too loud? Well, that depends.
Workplace noise (and its effects on employee health and performance) has been a topic of research since at least the first half of the 20th century, but despite the attention given to the issue, the challenge remains a thorny one.