Sound Management Problems with Modern Office Design & Function
When noise gets in the way, it disturbs workers, compromises productivity, and disrupts client conversations.
Noise can stream into nearby offices through even the smallest openings. Space around doors and windows, gaps at the ceiling and floor, plus ceiling and wall vents and returns all contribute to noise leaking into nearby workspaces.
A few facts about office soundproofing:
- Office workers spend 48% to 62% of their time doing solo work. (That requires focus..)
- Collaboration has increased in the past ten years from about 20% to 30% of worker hours. (That means there is more sound to manage.)
- Desk/benching systems and
- lower workstation panels are more common
- There is a greater need for small collaborative spaces, concentration rooms and offices.
- Today’s work spaces need to be voice isolated to support workers’ ability to focus.
- Office design needs to be voice isolated to stop collaborative-team noise (including telephone and speakerphone conversations) from leaking into nearby work spaces.
- Today more than ever before, Sound Management is a top priority because it impacts worker productivity.
Sound Management Problems & Open Plenum Systems
Open ceiling plenum returns use the open ceiling space to cycle air through the HVAC system. Fire sprinklers, telecom and power cables often reside in this space.
Worker conversation and movement sends sound waves bouncing around in the open ceiling space and into nearby offices.Your open ceiling provides a conduit for airborne sound to leak into nearby work spaces.