The Sounds of the Changing Work Environment
With advances in technology and communication tools, modern work spaces function much differently than the paper-driven offices of the past. They also look quite different. Many companies have moved from mostly closed office arrangements to open floor plans in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and promote a more collaborative work environment. While this trend quickly became popular, it wasn’t long before we discovered the challenges of an open office plan. Among the biggest complaints from employees? Sound.
Most offices face one or more of these sound problems:
- The office space is too loud and disruptive, because sound travels freely throughout the space without barriers to stop it.
- The office is too quiet because there is no background noise; people can hear every word, laugh, or sneeze from their co-workers.
- Private conversations (HR, legal, HIPPA confidential) need better protection.
At Building Systems Solutions, we are passionate about improving other people’s spaces. Our owner, Megan Nord, addresses how a sound masking system can be used to treat these issues in an article for the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. Read the Article.
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