There has always been a problem with noise in open plan offices. When designing modern office spaces, corporate designers and professionals should consider noise levels and the needs of employees for personal space.
While open plan offices are designed to encourage collaboration between colleagues, a Harvard Business School study suggests that poorly designed office layouts can have a negative impact on employee productivity and collaboration.
The Acoustics in the Workplace study found that nearly a third (32%) of employees surveyed globally reported that their office was a designated desk or workspace in an open environment. However, only 31% of those surveyed said that their employer provides a private space for phone calls or conversations.
There is a definite link between noise and productivity, and excessive and constant noise not only affects employees' concentration at work, but is also harmful to human health.
As we spend nearly a third of our lives at work, office spaces can have a significant impact on our health, happiness and productivity. However, workplace design is now increasingly focused on the health and well-being of employees. And for employers, this translates into higher productivity. It's a win-win for everyone.
Some studies have concluded that people who work repetitively every day like streets with a sense of life, but busy environments tend to have a lot of noise. While we enjoy the benefits such as the convenience of public transport, we also have to put up with the noise generated by transport and the like. Especially when soundproofing is not in place in the office, the sound of vehicles moving outside the window, arrival alerts and people changing will quickly pull down people's perception of the office environment they are in. Most people prefer to work in a busy city centre, but if the office is not fully soundproofed, even a good location will lose its original advantage.
The first thing to consider for indoor soundproofing is the top, ground and walls, which must be handled directly during the renovation to understand the surrounding conditions in advance and judge the soundproofing needs. Different soundproofing materials should be used for different places. Not all soundproofing materials are foolproof, and different soundproofing materials should be chosen according to the different ways of noise transmission. Depending on the characteristics of the noise, different sound insulation materials can be chosen for the treatment.
Among the common decorative materials, wood has a good sound insulation and sound absorption effect. The more porous the fibres are, the better the sound absorption effect. In the walls and ceilings, etc., can be installed acoustic ceiling baffle, simple and convenient installation, good decorative effect, three-dimensional sense of strong, can be integrated into a variety of decorative styles.
If there are sources of interference on the upper and lower floors, then the ceiling can be made a flat ceiling using keel and plywood, or a ceiling with a curved and uneven surface using lightweight gypsum board, while the floor can be paved with two layers of large core boards, or a layer of stone and sand can be laid on the ground, or a layer of glass wool bedding can be laid first, followed by the decoration of the floor. This will increase the sound insulation of the floor and top surface and effectively isolate vertical noise disturbance.