At some point in the last decade, open plan offices became desirable by business owners and employees alike. They promised increased collaboration, productivity, and symbolized a youthful company culture. However, for many employees this has not been the case.
63% of employees say they lack quiet space for focused work, which has a negative effect on their productivity, satisfaction, and well-being. Many go for walks outside, while others use headphones to focus and block out distractions.
Many employees who work in incredibly loud offices say they are likely to leave their job in the next six months.
Ultimately, noise pollution has a negative effect on productivity, which impacts financial performance. Executives see employee productivity as critical to their financial performance, yet very few understand the link between noise, distraction, and productivity. Even worse, fewer have equipped their office with noise mitigating features.
So What Can You Do?
Even if you’re committed to maintaining an open office, there are steps you can take to ensure your employees don’t quit because of noise pollution.
Provide dedicated quiet spaces – If you have a room or two to spare, turn them into quiet spaces. Make these rooms off limits to meetings and group work to ensure that they’re always available to individuals who want some peace and quiet.
Provide loud spaces - Like the quiet spaces, loud spaces are ideal for collaboration and meetings. They encourage discussion and interaction with white boards, TVs and a computer and can also be used for making phone calls. Designated loud spaces signal to employees that time spent working at their desk is meant to be quiet.
Install Sound Absorbing Materials – If your office space is particularly noisy, it would be a good idea to look in to installing sound absorbing materials. Basic carpeting, acoustical ceiling tiles, and cubicle partitions will help with some of the noise. If your budget is a bit larger, consider drop ceilings the soak up sound, wall decorations that double as soundproofing, and live greenery and plants.
If you’re looking to move your business to a new building, Rosetti Properties owns and manages 50,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Our buildings are “A” rated and can be altered or built to meet the needs of your business and employees. You can say good bye to noise complaints!
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