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Increase Workplace Productivity With Sound Masking


Thursday, March 16, 2017

If you're in the process of transitioning your workplace from cubicles and compartmentalized workstations to an open, collaborative space, there's a lot to consider when ensuring a smooth transition for your workers. One of the biggest concerns you shouldn't overlook is the potential that your new, open workspace may not be able to achieve the same level of peace, quiet and privacy as the existing layout did. Specifically, noises from employees working individually or collaboratively can become distracting to others within the facility.

How Sound Distractions Affect Productivity

Unfortunately, noise distractions can wreak havoc on even your most focused worker's productivity. In fact, did you know that the typical worker needs anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes to recover from a noise distraction on the job? During this time, your business could be missing out on valuable worker output, which wastes company's money. It's an unfavorable situation for everybody involved. Not to mention, when workers feel as though they have no semblance of privacy or quiet in their own workspace, they're more likely to become resentful of their employers and will consider leaving.

How Sound Masking Systems Can Help

The good news is that there are viable solutions that allow you and your employees to have the best of both worlds. That is, you can create open workspaces for employees that are conducive to collaboration and still quiet enough to offer the distraction-free, focused environment that your workers will inevitably need at certain times.

Specifically, sound masking systems operate through the emission of ambient noise through strategically placed speakers within your facility. These speakers can be placed inside the ceiling (generally recommended) or strategically throughout the space to create just the right amount noise to help drown out conversations and other potentially distracting noises in the workspace. The concept is to take you from the library to the coffee shop; you will know that there is conversation going on around you but you are not distracted by it and are still capable of doing heads-down work.

So, how can sound masking specifically help in terms of productivity in your workplace? For starters, consider the fact that sound masking diminishes distractions and creates a more productive work environment for all involved. Even if productivity increases by just 3%, the cost of a sound masking system would be paid off within a year based on that calculation alone. And since less distraction typically equals more output, your company benefits from a financial standpoint as well. It is also worth noting that a 3% increase in productivity per employee is a low-ball estimate; in most cases, you'll see anywhere from a 3% to a 20% increase in output per employee when sound masking is implemented – in the first year alone.

Also, consider that increased speech privacy afforded by sound masking configurations allow workers to better focus on the tasks in front of them. In fact, one study showed that poor workplace acoustics resulted in 27% more errors made in a data entry facility.

Lencore Sound Masking Solutions

These days, there is simply no overstating the importance of acoustics in a changing workplace. This is where Lencore comes in. We specialize in engineered sound masking solutions to suit your specific needs, space and budget. We're committed to helping your company reap the benefits of increased productivity, improved ROI and a boost in employee job satisfaction. Contact us today to learn more about our sound masking options and to schedule your free consultation and quote. We'd also be happy to schedule an appointment for a free demonstration so you can see for yourself what a difference sound masking can make in your facility.





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