The rise of popularity of open-plan offices dates back to the early 20th century. Such a layout is still widely used by many companies today. While this setup can have appeal for many reasons, one of the major problems with such an office is lack of privacy and distracting noise.
Without walls creating at least some type of barrier between the employees, the noise problem can increase stress and frustration while reducing productivity. How can you deal with the noise in your office without renovating it?
Invest In “Quiet” Floors
Office workers walk around the small space throughout the day. Hard flooring, like wood and tile, can create quite a lot of noise, especially when several people are walking around between workstations. You can consider investing in a carpet for noise reduction. Another good choice for noise control is vinyl flooring.
Both of the above options are less expensive than hard flooring. However, they are more susceptible to wear and tear and require more frequent maintenance and replacement.
Create A “Quiet” Room
When your employees are working in a noisy environment all day, they need to have at least some private and quiet time to focus and refresh. Today, “quiet” rooms are gaining popularity.
According to experts from isolationtech.com, a quiet room is easy to create, using the latest noise and vibration control technologies. It’s also a cheap alternative to sound-proofing the entire office or creating a private space for each employee.
Noise-canceling headphones are probably the cheapest way to battle noise in your office. Simply buying a pair for each one of your employees can be a quick solution. However, not all such headphones are created equal. You need to choose them carefully.
On the downside, employees won’t be hearing each other. This option may … Read More