Workspace Noise

WATERCOOLER CHAT: Reducing Workspace Noise

Reducing Workspace noise is one of the most common issues in corporate office environments—especially in open office concepts where employees are working in close proximity with little or no separation. If you’ve ever worked in a similar environment, then you know how distracting this can be. But a noisy workplace can be more than just a distraction. Multiple studies have shown that too much noise in the office can seriously reduce productivity, increase stress, lower job satisfaction and decrease employee morale.

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open plan

Open Plan Office – Good or Bad for Productivity & Happiness?

A recent article by Maria Konnikova on NewYorker.com talks about the detrimental effects of open plan offices.  The title of her article, “The Open-Office Trap,” shows you where she stands on the subject.  She points to a study by an organizational psychologist Matthew Davis which found that “though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to:

  • Attention span
  • Productivity
  • Creative thinking and
  • Satisfaction

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