Acoustic attenuation in the workplace
We attended a really interesting talk by ezoBORD held at Pledge's showroom, which talked about the negative impact of sound in open plan office spaces. It's long been known that sound quickly builds up in open plan spaces, what with the combination of phone calls, conversations and background music. As the room gets louder so does the voices of those in that environment, which can have a rather detrimental effect on productivity.
ezoBORD showcased a fully customisable, sound absorbing fabric product that can be sculpted into a variety of shapes and sizes. The material also has the capacity to receive high quality prints, so these sound absorbing, fabric walls can be literally transformed into art installations; the only limit is your imagination!
Key Takeaway: Sound attenuation systems are becoming increasingly important in the workplace, especially where workplace well-being is concerned.
As Julian Treasure, a Sound and Communications Expert explains: "Our bodies respond to distressing or alarming sounds by releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, whilst instantly increasing our heart rate and blood pressure. In contrast, a soothing, congruent background noise can relieve stress and help us find our flow", so it's important to create a balance of sound in your workplace environment, and these systems could play a big part in doing that.