In addition to office and call centres, sound masking systems are now utilised in a wider range of buildings where speech privacy is vital. With general background noise now so low in working environments, conversations can be heard up to 50 feet away.
The sound masking system operates to reduce both general office sounds and conversational distractions to increase performance levels.
An open office is designed to encourage a shared working environment, yet with this comes a natural increase in office sounds, causing employees to become distracted.
Employees, on average, are losing 21 minutes a day to conversational distractions, whilst general noise distractions result in a loss of 86 minutes, according to the Harvard Business Review.
Many new build and refurbished offices are taking on a fresh modern look of installing glass fronted meeting rooms enabling a more light and airy feeling to reflect the needs of modern forward-thinking businesses. However, it has soon become apparent that sound privacy had been compromised with the installation of floor-to-ceiling glass walls to suites and meeting rooms due to the amplifying properties of glass.
Various physical sound-proofing options are often considered but have a negative impact on the appearance of the structures, as well as causing unwelcome disruption to the business during installation in additional to being an unforeseen cost to a company.
The sound masking system is a discreet piece of technology which consist of a series of emitters positioned in the ceilings in and around meeting rooms, open plan offices and shared working spaces. The emitters work to reduce the clarity of conversation whilst also decreasing the communication radius delivering a gentle background noise to ‘mask’ conversation making speech inaudible.
Planning the solution involves conducting a full and in depth survey of the working area using the ABC’s of acoustic design to arrange the emitters effectively.
When introducing sounds to the working environment, it is vital to be considerate of the type of sound, with white noise being a formerly popular choice. This can be very unpleasant and although is likely to eliminate noise, it can be distracting in its own right. Sound masking on the other hand, uses a much gentler sound with the noise being similar to gentle air, having the ability to mask speech and incidental noises, although not eradicating them completely.
To experience how The Remark Group can make a difference to your business, call 0800 597 5558 to request a sound masking demonstration.