Trying to concentrate at work can be difficult when outside conversations are happening constantly. Sound waves travel far – especially in modern open offices – and studies have proven just how detrimental this can be for employee collaboration and productivity. If you’re looking for a way to create a more comfortable and productive workspace, it’s time to consider installing a sound masking system in your facility.
What is Sound Masking?
Although the concept is new to many people, sound masking is a process that has been utilized in offices since the 1960s. In simplest terms, sound masking is a technology that adds ambient background sound to a space to help mask speech and other noise distractions.
Today’s systems – which have become much more sophisticated over the years – are installed by professionals who are specially trained in sound masking and acoustics. Modern sound masking systems emit sound that is specifically engineered to match the frequencies of human speech, making the sound very subtle and unnoticeable to most people. Yet, it is enough to make speech unintelligible from 15 or 20 feet away.
How Does Sound Masking Increase Productivity?
Just how distracting is speech when you’re trying to work? According to a study by the Data Management Association, open offices that lack sound masking systems experience a 40 percent loss in productivity and 27 percent more errors.
It’s kind of a no-brainer – when employees are less distracted by noise, they are able to focus better on the task at hand and get more work done.
Additional Benefits of Installing a Sound Masking System
● When you can’t understand what someone is saying, their words are not only less distracting, but they’re also kept private. Speech privacy is important for many offices, but it is especially critical for businesses like financial institutions and health care facilities that must comply with speech privacy regulations.
● Installing a sound masking system can help companies save money on new construction projects. Workspaces with sound masking systems require less insulation and interior walls, less expensive ceiling tile, and lower partitions.
● When you partner with Building Systems Solutions to get a sound masking system for your facility, we can offer a system that doubles as an emergency warning and paging system – an integral part of any facility’s emergency preparation plan.
Schedule a Demo
At Building Systems Solutions, we have been passionate about improving other people’s workspaces since 2003. As a regional representative for Soft dB, we offer the only adaptive sound masking system on the market today! The Soft dB Sound Masking System automatically shapes the masking spectrum to match the acoustics of your space. Need to hear it to believe it? Give us a call at 763-502-1515 to schedule an on-site demonstration.