Noise in the workplace is one of the most common complaints in offices. Many companies choose open floor plan for increased communication and workflow.  Noise levels can incapacitate an persons capability to concentrate and perform certain tasks which can lead to stress. Noise reduction should be a high priority if noise levels are to high. The workplace should be measured to find out if the dB are to high. There are apps for this and professionals have the proper equipment.

Effects of Noise on an Employee

  • Decreased Productivity
  • Inability to complete complex tasks
  • Increased Illness
  • Increased hormone levels
  • Stress
  • Unhappy with the workplace
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to communicate effectively

Workplace Perceptions and Attitudes

  • Not enough privacy
  • Distractions lower productivity
  • More productive if quieter
  • Noise is stressful
  • Difficult to concentrate

Workplace Perceptions and Attitudes After Noise Reduction Techniques Were Implemented

Quieter space 40%
More accomplished 35%
More productive 33%
Reduces stress 22%
More privacy 21%