A review over more than 100 research papers shows that things like personality, attitude and type of tasks have much to do with how well individuals perform in different acoustic settings.
The best office acoustic solution is ultimately about worker health, well-being and productivity. It requires consideration of the people, the activities taking place and the physical space itself. Improvements in technology and changes to organisational cultures mean workers have more trust and freedom to work from wherever they like.
The challenge is to create offices people would choose to work in and here good office acoustics play a big role.
Watch Paige Hodsman and Dr. Nigel Oseland discuss how people are affected by office noise.
To ascertain how much we really know about how people are affected by office noise, Paige Hodsman, Office Concept Developer for Ecophon and Dr. Nigel Oseland, Workplace Specialist from WorkPlace Unlimited, reviewed over 100 research papers.
The review found that along with the sounds of other people talking, things like personality, attitude, type of task and work activity have much to do with how well individuals perform in different acoustic settings.
From the literature review, several hypotheses were determined linking personality and acoustic preferences to performance. This was the first step in the research process, which has been followed by an on-line survey to determine associations between personality types and office acoustic settings. From the results of the survey, we will be able to ascertain if some of the hypotheses are viable and will prepare us for an intervention study to start next year.
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If you have an office with an acoustic challenge, or are planning a new project and would like to avoid the issue occurring, please contact Frans Davidsson on firstname.lastname@example.org