Office Noise

In our on-going series on creating a productive office environment, today we discuss noise.  Since excessive noise may increase staff stress and fatigue, consider these items when creating your office space:

  • Reduce general noise with floor carpeting and by locating office areas away from sources of external noise.
  • Be aware of hard surfaces such as glass walls or white boards as they act to increase the reflection of noise.
  • Consider sound absorbing barriers to  reduce the noise from telephone or other conversations in open plan offices.
  • Consider instituting “low noise rules”.
  • Consider the location, patterns and vicinity of office machines to staff .

A little advance planning will make for a more productive and pleasant office environment.

The Office Farmer