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‘Noise’ is unwanted sound. Many lawyers worry that moving to open-plan means noise will make them less productive compared to the personal offices they once had. From our own experience and data, we know that levels of productivity depend on how well the open office is implemented.
Sound affects us physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally, says Julian Treasure of The Sound Agencyi. So how is noise detrimental to productivity?
“Noise lengthens reaction time to visual stimuli [and] degrades vigilance, communication and short-term memory.” – Robert Bridger, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics
Workers often block out noise by listening to personal music. However, ENT specialist Dr Sreekant Cherukuri iisays: “Ear buds [are] damaging the hearing of a generation wired for sound — although they may not realise it for years.” He says ear buds can boost volume by up to 9 decibels because the sound is closer to the ear drum. So what can you do about it?
In a survey by Oxford Economicsiii, noise was bottom of all the considerations management weighed when designing offices. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips:
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