How to Achieve Effective Speech PrivacyBeautifully designed offices frequently turn into acoustic nightmares, but by using the right mix of tools, we can help make sure you get the highly functional, high-ROI space you're looking for!
Treating an acoustic environment sounds complicated. It doesn't have to be.
In fact, it's as simple as knowing your ABCs.
The ABC's of Speech Privacy
Blocking by using high-STC-rated panels, partitions, walls, windows, etc.
Covering by adding a source of unstructured [i.e., not music, which is information and therefore distracting], low-level background sound
"The ABC’s" is a convenient and memorable acronym of three components that perform best when combined in some form to achieve an acceptable level of speech privacy to improve workplace productivity.
How Much Are Distractions Costing You?
Among professional researchers who have studied the productivity of office-based information workers for decades, it is now universally accepted that conversational distractions are the biggest cause of lost productivity in open workplaces. Therefore they are the most important factor to limit and control.
75% of employees in one study rated workplace acoustics as the worst aspect of their office environment.
Reduced productivity: Sound expert Julian Treasure reported that there is a 66% drop in productivity in open offices.
Stress: According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), noise is the main contributor to workplace stress. A Cornell study says that the uncontrollability of sound makes it stressful.
Employee disengagement: Stress eventually leads to employee disengagement. 71% of employees are not engaged.
High turnover rate: Stress and disengagement cause up to 40% of workers to seek employment elsewhere.Increased absenteeism and error rate: With the best and brightest employees leaving and the remaining disengaged workers, employees tend to have more errors and sick days.
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The Benefits Of Improved Speech Privacy
Several independent studies using large and statistically-valid sample sizes produced interesting results. These studies, all of which have been published in peer-reviewed professional journals, showed the following improvements resulted from improved speech privacy levels:
Better focus. The ability of office workers to focus on their tasks improved by 48%
Reduced distractions. Conversational distractions decreased by 51%
Reduced error-rates. Performance of standard “information-worker” tasks (measured in terms of accuracy [error-rates] and short-term memory) improved by 10%
Reduced stress. When measured in terms of the actual physical symptoms of stress, stress was reduced by 27%
Ensuring speech privacy in your modern office helps improve workplace productivity and employee engagement and wellness. The ABCs of speech privacy are three tools you can use to improve your office acoustic design.
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The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System masks sound by filling in the spectrum with comfortable background sound, making speech unintelligible and ensuring speech privacy in the workplace. The patented technology of VoiceArrest™ can adapt to specific privacy needs of a workspace.
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