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How To Decrease Office Workers’ Distractions

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A distracting office makes for an unproductive workforce - and often an unhappy one. The most annoying sources of distraction in the workplace, according to our 2019 ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work’ Survey, include:

  • Telephone conversations
  • Personal conversations
  • Sudden laughter
  • Telephone ringtones
  • Doors slamming
  • Eating noises
  • Business conversations
  • Coughing, sneezing and sniffing
  • Music

With 80% of those surveyed reporting that a good working environment would affect their decision to remain with a company, it’s key to reduce noise distractions from the workplace.

Sound Masking and Soundscapes

We offer two solutions for this issue: Sound Masking and Soundscapes.

Sound Masking creates subtle ambient noise that matches the frequency of human speech as closely as possible, making nearby conversations less audible and - as a consequence - less distracting. With these conversations masked by the audio system, employees can focus more clearly on the task at hand.

Soundscapes provide an enhancement to Sound Masking, but instead of primarily producing sounds that blend in with the environment and ‘mask’ distractions, it also releases relaxing and immersive environmental sounds to aid focus. Whether you opt for the sound of birdsong, flowing water or a bustling city, Soundscapes helps employees concentrate and improves their wellbeing.