Here are some acoustic design tips to help your business save on rent and structural construction! In addition to ensuring speech privacy and good workspace acoustics that help improve work engagement and delivered value.
Modern Offices and Co-Working Spaces
Keeping costs low is a key challenge for many small or startup businesses. The perfect office space is one of the costliest investments and finding it is especially hard with the continuous rise in real estate prices.
Many startups choose co-working — sharing office spaces. By doing this, they save on cost, in the beginning at least. Most modern open offices and coworking spaces come with serious acoustics issues that cost businesses more than what they think.
Modern offices are infamous for speech privacy and noise issues which are even more distinct in coworking open spaces. Aside from workspace, distracting noise from team meetings, chitchats, phone calls and even confidential conversations are also shared.
Open office design enables distracting noise to travel unimpeded. Distracted employees become disengaged, resulting in stress, poor work performance, higher error, turnover and absenteeism rates, which negatively reflect on your revenue.
Revenue per square foot is more crucial than costs per square foot spent on space acquisition or rent. Without workplace acoustic design, every square foot costs more money instead of delivering value.
The ABCs of Speech Privacy
Workspace acoustics help enhance work quality, improving your revenue and bottom line. Speech privacy reduces stress in the workspace by 27%, decreases error rates by at least 10 % and improves worker focus by 40% and productivity by 10% to 40%. For better results, it is important to ensure office acoustics as early as possible.
Treat your workspace acoustics in three ways — absorb, block and cover also known as the ABCs of speech privacy.
Fibrous materials absorb sound, preventing sound reflection that creates echoes and reverberation. Walls block sound from traveling. Comfortable white noise covers the sound spectrum, making human speech intelligible and less distracting.
Acoustic Design Tips for Co-Working Spaces
Use acoustic-friendly materials
When it comes to office furniture, avoid glass tables, large mirrors and other smooth hard surfaces that increase sound reflection. Cover hardwood, tiles or concrete floors with carpets or add rugs. Couches and soft plush seat coverings also help absorb sound.
Install acoustic panels and sound masking systems
Acoustic panels and adaptive sound masking systems are cost-effective solutions to noise and speech privacy issues.
EcoPrivacy™ acoustic panels help reduce the acoustic and visual noise in a workspace. Install them on office walls, ceilings or as work zone partitions. Acoustic panels are functional art that can add beauty and energy in your workspace.
VoiceArrest™ sound masking systems fill in the sound spectrum with comfortable background sound, making conversations less intelligible and distracting. Install unobtrusive speakers in areas in your office that need a certain level of privacy.
Ensuring ideal office acoustics doesn’t have to be expensive. Acoustic panels and intelligent sound masking systems are proven to be the most cost-effective way to improve workspace acoustics.
Good workspace acoustic design help improve delivered value and revenue per square foot. It also helps businesses avoid the unwanted cost of distraction and disengaged employees. With speech privacy, you can spend less and save more.
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