A key approach is to minimise the number of distracting factors that prevent employees from reaching the optimal level of concentration in the office space. Research on workplaces shows that 85% of office employees claim that a low level of noise is one of the most important factors influencing their well-being at work. Unfortunately, offices based on the open space concept do not provide the right conditions for concentrated work. Because of this, employees have difficulty in focusing on the tasks they perform, and 53% of people get distracted when trying to concentrate (Gensler, 2013).
Gensler. (2013). U.S. Workplace Survey. 1–26
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One way to eliminate undesired noise is to increase the acoustic absorption of a space. This can be achieved with suspended ceilings, carpets or wall panels, which absorb some of the acoustic energy and reduce the echo effect. Another good solution is to install panels between desks, which prevent the noise generated from spreading. The quality of office devices is very important as well – the better they are, the less undesired noise they will produce.
Good solutions do not only involve rearranging a space. Employees can increase their concentration and efficiency by wearing headphones and listening to their favourite music. The best results can be achieved by listening to classical music that influences people’s spatial imagination, reasoning and logic, as well as improving their memory.
It is best to make decisions about what solutions are necessary to ensure acoustic comfort, such as where sound-absorbing or sound-isolating products should be placed in the office, using measurements taken with professional equipment.