With many businesses asking team members to return to the office, whether hybrid or full-time, it’s essential to focus on office dynamics and acoustics and their role in office productivity. By incorporating ambient or white noise into an office design, businesses can reduce the harmful impact of noise distraction while creating a more comfortable working environment on those quieter days when fewer employees are in the office. The benefits of ambient noise integration can increase team productivity, make for a more comfortable work environment, and improve your staff’s overall health and well-being.
Boosts Focus and Concentration
Office buildings were once known as bustling centers of activity, and some still are, but the pandemic has changed the energy level of many modern offices. With hybrid work environments becoming the norm, offices find themselves filled with people or, on the other hand, sparse and on the edge of feeling desolate. These environments can cause significant distractions, with many working in shared workspaces or hoteling-type stations that produce more noise pollution. For those looking to concentrate, increased noise and interruptions can disrupt their workflow and output. Ambient noise, like light music, footsteps, or ringing phones, can create a more accessible environment to concentrate within and focus. These noises can also help when fewer people come into the office, helping employees feel better in a space that can be eerily quiet or uncomfortable.
Easier Transition to Open Office Layouts
Many companies are embracing open floor plans, excited by the opportunity to encourage collaboration and engagement amongst team members. These plans, with their lack of cubicles, dividers, and walls, can allow sound to disperse easier throughout the space, leading to increased noise distractions. Integrating sound masking, ambient noise, and other acoustic treatments reduces noise distractions, and lets employees focus within this trending office layout. Also, it can feel isolating to be in a large, open environment when fewer employees come into the office. Ambient noise can help employees focus more on their tasks and less on the fact that they are one of the few working within this environment.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
After years of working from home due to the pandemic, many are relearning how to be productive outside of their home offices. Many developed tactics to be effective in their home office environments and no doubt may feel anxious returning to the office and having their work routines disrupted once again. White noise can help create a more soothing atmosphere, with the buzzing noise calming those that might feel tense from the constant changes and disruptions. Studies have also shown that off-putting sounds can impact an employee’s health and mental well-being and even increase the likelihood of an injury at work.
Lessen the Monotony of Administrative Tasks
Administrative tasks, including data entry, filing, and research, are vital to the health of a prosperous business. Even though these tasks are essential, they can be time-consuming and dull due to their repetitive and monotonous nature. By adding ambient noise to an office environment, it is proven that employees will enjoy these types of tasks more and finish them more efficiently. It is also easy for employees to become distracted with fewer people around, possibly feeling less accountability within the environment. These sounds could guide and support them in staying on track and focused on their work, making them forget they are working in a more isolated environment.