Sound masking is a little office feature with a lot of punch. Using white noise, it masks and absorbs audible distractions in the workplace. It can create private spaces that help each employee perform better.
Sound masking is essential in environments where confidentiality is key. But it can also help you improve workforce performance by optimizing your existing space without making costly capital investments.
Let’s delve into five ways sound masking reduces office expenses:
1. More Effective Performance In Smaller Spaces
Whether you’re running a lean startup or a large call center, every square foot counts. Selecting, outfitting, and leasing a new office space can cost thousands. What you can do in a smaller space is limited by distractions, and this is where sound masking shines.
With sound masking, people can work together just a few feet apart and go about their business almost entirely unaware of what their neighbors are doing. Everyone still needs a basic amount of space, but they will be able to achieve more with what they have.
2. Open Office Plans Without The Usual Hassles
Youth-driven startups strive to make the open office look hip and modern, but many employees get exhausted of it within a few years. With noise masking, you keep the benefits of collaborating in a versatile space without the burden of tuning others out.
A flexible floor plan discourages the development of silos and allows teams to work together cross-functionally more easily. Plus, it’s much less expensive than a conventional office where team size has a hard limit based on the number of offices available.
3. Less Worry About Insulation And Soundproofing
We all have to start somewhere. What if you’re working in an office that has disadvantages like concrete walls, high ceilings, or poor insulation? The old-fashioned approach would be to tear down and replace these elements, but the problems they cause boil down to one: Noise.
Acoustic masking can tide you over while you wait for the opportunity to update your facilities. By taking control of the pace of upgrades, you won’t put yourself in a situation where whole teams have their work disrupted because the walls or ceiling are being worked on.
4. More Secure Co-Working
Co-working is an inexpensive solution to bringing teams together on a semi-regular basis. It has become popular in tech hubs like Seattle and San Francisco, to name just a few. Sadly, though, it’s not an ideal environment for maintaining confidentiality at work.
If shared office space arrangements are part of your facilities strategy, acoustic masking protects your interests. Your team members are less likely to be overheard when discussing proprietary ideas or confidential client information. Of course, the benefit extends to your neighbors, too.
5. A More Productive Environment For Introverts
Extroverts – the folks who feel energized talking to others – may get most of the attention in the average workplace, but odds are good much of your workforce is made up of introverts. Noise masking makes it easier for them to stay focused by providing a greater sense of privacy.
That’s not all. Most of today’s personal productivity strategies, like the Pomodoro Technique, rely on the ability to control distractions in the environment. With that in mind, sound masking actually helps people do more – encouraging higher productivity and lower employee turnover.
Sound masking transforms your space. To learn more, contact us at Atlantic Communications Team.