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5 Subtle Signs Your Office Acoustics Are Causing Less Productivity

29 August 2022
5 Subtle Signs Your Office Acoustics Are Causing Less Productivity

Do you find it difficult to concentrate at work? It could be because your office is too noisy. Noise is one of the biggest distractions that affect productivity. A modern office is a busy place, with conversations, meetings, collaborations and sounds from outside all accumulating in one area.

If your office is too loud, this can make it difficult to get your work done. Here are some subtle signs that your office acoustics are causing less productivity:

Higher Stress Levels

Working in a noisy space can impact your stress levels. 

One study has found that decreasing noise in the workplace can improve focus by 60% and decrease stress by 30%.

For the sake of employee health and well-being, decreasing stress should always be a goal for employers. As stress relates to focus and productivity, reducing noise and therefore stress will also improve the productivity of your business

Increased Absenteeism

Noisy offices can also increase employee absenteeism. This can be because of increased stress levels and poor mental health. 

In Australia, absenteeism and ill-health cost businesses $7 billion per year. This can be a significant expense for your business. 

More Distractions

Noisy office space can be distracting. If you find that your employees are easily distracted and lack productivity, then your office’s acoustics may be the cause. 

Poor acoustics can affect concentration because the excess noise can shift focus from the task at hand.

More Mistakes

Another issue with noisy offices can be accuracy. Noise is a distraction to your employees and can cause them to make more mistakes. 

While Open plan offices can boost communication, teamwork, and collaboration, the additional noise does have an impact on the accuracy of a person’s work. The study mentioned above performed a test both with and without noise and found that the accuracy of the work produced by the subjects fell 67% when significant noise was added to their working environment

Communication Issues

Do you find it difficult to communicate with your team? This can be because of poor acoustics in your office. 

Ease of communication has a significant effect on concentration, employee performance and successful teamwork. Do your employees complain of issues like: 

  • Disturbances from colleagues at the other end of the room
  • People overhearing your conversations
  • Echoing within the space
  • Difficulty hearing each other, even in close proximity
  • Lack of privacy

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may require an acoustic solution within your workplace.  

What Can I Do To Improve My Office’s Acoustics?

There are numerous solutions to improve the acoustics in your office. 

Depending on the extent of the problem and what is causing the noise, you can minimise your acoustic problems with:

  • Soft furnishings
  • Wall and ceiling insulation
  • Plants and greenery 
  • Carpeting

However, nothing is going to improve your office’s acoustics more than Acoustic Wall Covering Products from Nomadtika which are primarily designed to absorb sound.

If you’re still stuck, check out our wide range of Solutions That Will Silence Even The Loudest Office. We also offer Product Recommendations guaranteed to fix any acoustic issues that your office may be experiencing.

If you are wanting to increase productivity in your office, look no further than the specialist team at Nomadtika

Get in touch today!