Noise is proven to cause stress which can lead to a range of health issues such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. People who work in open-plan offices take 70% more sick days than home workers so it’s not hard to imagine how this amount of staff taking days off will tank a company’s productivity. More alarmingly though, is the effect on the wellbeing of employees.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in 2011 that noise pollution contributed to 1.7m years of life lost in Europe. Unknown to many, but excessive noise will also make you more likely to slouch. If you have poor posture throughout your working day, it’s possible that you could develop musculoskeletal disorders causing pain and discomfort throughout your life.
How can we improve health and wellbeing in the workplace?
Thankfully there is now a push for designing workspaces not only for their appearance but more importantly the experience for its inhabitants as well. More designers are looking to create working environments that are fit for purpose and can help improve an employee’s health and wellbeing along with their productivity and social behaviours.
We have the most extensive range of acoustic solutions to help you get your office acoustics right, protecting your staff’s wellness and their productivity in the workplace. Whether it be for a fit-out, refurbishment or new build, taking office acoustics seriously and removing distractions caused by excess noise will ensure these workspaces sound as good as they look with a welcoming and calm atmosphere.
Speak to an acoustics expert