Do not lose productivity to noise distractions in the office

Sep 29, 2021 2:00:00 PM / by Hailey Tynes

As we transition back into the office, people will struggle to adjust to the atmosphere. For many, the main struggle will be the noise that comes with being in the office versus being at home. So, this begs the question, how can you make your office less distracting to returning employees?

Sound masking and sound dampening are effective solutions independently or combined depending on your space. There is not a one size fits all solution to decrease noise disturbances in the workspace, it is dependent on the floor, wall, and ceiling materials, room size, number of people in the space, and other various factors. The cost of a sound masking or sound dampening system far outweighs the cost of the loss of productivity from noise distractions. 


Let's break down the benefits of each solution independently 

Sound Masking

We exclusively partner with Cambridge Sound Masking from Biamp for all sound masking solutions.  Why trust in sound masking? 

Reduce Noise Distractions

Biamp found that on average, employees waste as much as 86 minutes per day due to noise distractions. Reducing the amount of noise distractions with sound masking will diminish the minutes lost of unproductivity each day. 

Boost Productivity

Many offices are designed with an open floor plan, with the intention of promoting interaction and collaboration between team members. Sound masking limits noise distractions and boosts productivity in these spaces.

Protect Speech Privacy

Biamp found that 60% of office workers cite the lack of speech privacy is their main driver of dissatisfaction. Sound masking increases speech privacy giving your team members peace of mind that their conversations are not being overheard by everyone.

Increase Office Comfort

An office being too quiet or too loud is a large cause of unproductive workers. Sound masking not only helps mitigate noise distractions, it also creates a pleasing acoustical environment to eliminate the awkward silence and creating a comfortable working environment.  


Sound Dampening

There are numerous solutions that provide rooms with sound dampening that helps reduce noise distractions. Below are just a few of the options available. 

Acoustical Wall Panels Panels are a great solution because they can be used as both a noise reduction solution and an aesthetic addition to a space. There are multiple sizes, shapes and colors available, you can even get images screen printed to the panels. Our team of AV Design Engineers can determine the perfect amount of acoustical wall panels needed for a space based on the surfaces and the dimensions of the room. 
Baffles, Banners and Ceiling Clouds Want the benefits of sound dampening but do not want panels on the wall? Baffles, banners, and ceiling clouds are lightweight and economical solutions that hang are installed from the ceiling. Each of these solutions provide their own advantages and could be the right solution for you. 



There are numerous things to consider when thinking about implementing a new Noise Canceling Solution into your business. Smarter Systems is here to make that process easier for you! Contact us today for a free, no commitment consultation.  

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Topics: Sound Masking, Work From Home, Return to Work, AV Integrator, Additional Services

Hailey Tynes

Written by Hailey Tynes

Hailey is an experienced marketing coordinator with a fresh take on the AV industry.