Return On Investment

How Does Sound Masking Boost Productivity?

Sound Masking is designed to create speech privacy – making occupied workstations less disruptive and distracting, as well as providing a more comfortable work environment.

The value sound masking provides is greater productivity. Studies show that for every workplace distraction it can take an average of 25 minutes to return to normal production levels. That means one distraction per day consumes 5.2% of an 8-hour work day.

Acoustical condition studies show productivity improvements range anywhere from 3% to 51% with the introduction of sound masking. To be conservative, assuming at least a 3% increase in productivity, the below chart details the dollar return in the form of performance you can expect out of your sound masking investment.

Employee Cost

Average employee annual salary

Overhead or additional expenses as a percentage of salary (20%)

Number of employees

Total employee cost





Facility Cost

Workspace size in square footage

Average cost of sound masking per square foot installed

Total Investment for workspace




Return on Investment

Annual productivity return (employee cost x 3%)




 =  $18,000/12 months = $1,500/month
 =  2.5 months for payback
 =  $14,250 in year 1
 =  $18,000 each additional year after year 1

So, why does productivity improve? Because having speech privacy means people can focus on their work! Contact Lencore or your local representative today to find out more.