Sound is like water. It doesn’t have shape or form, but molds itself to its surroundings. Sound, like water, can be absorbed by some materials and contained by others.
Modern workplaces feature fewer private offices and lower workstation partitions. The desire to create an environment of high energy and collaboration in an open office design has led to a decrease in structural materials designed to mitigate unwanted noise. Sleek office designs that incorporate glass, metal, and concrete may be more open, but these hard surfaces only reflect sound and contribute to these acoustic distractions.
Sound travels far in open office areas
The workplace has changed and adapted to become a more collaborative environment for employees as fewer private offices and more open floor plans have become more common. While these changes aim for a more comfortable and visually pleasing environment, there is also an overlooked impact on office acoustics. Many new office designs typically sacrifice a number of materials that absorb and dampen sound in favor of surfaces that reflect sound throughout the office.
With fewer materials to block unwanted sound, and a high number of open desk areas, office chatter and workplace noise can build up to become an unwelcome distraction. These distractions often lead to worker mistakes and costly reductions in productivity. In fact, most employees find their attention stolen by outside speech once every 11 minutes and an average of 21.5 minutes a day is lost due to conversational distractions. Across even a modest workforce, that can lead to a serious loss of valuable production time.
Verbal distractions can completely break focus
Sound Masking will significantly reduce those distractions by incorporating a soft, ambient sound specifically designed to lessen the impact that human speech has on our attention. That means much fewer distractions and a greater return on productivity.
Modern healthcare has made incredible leaps in the treatment of its patients with healthcare facilities designed to develop and utilize the most ideal method to heal both body and mind. At the core of such advanced forms of healing is the age old prescription of “get plenty of rest.” To make sure they can rest well and feel comfortable outside of their own beds hospitals surround their patients with a variety of amenities.
Despite these efforts, many patients will still hear the chatter next door, or the noise in the hallways. Since sleep is an integral part of the body’s own recuperative power, these distractions are more than inconvenient and the limited rest can result in slower recovery times. Studies have shown that Sound Masking within patient rooms significantly lower unwanted noise to aid in better rest. With a quieter environment, patients felt more at ease and had an overall better opinion of their care.
Caring for your patients also means protecting their personal health information. In addition to complying with HIPAA requirements, there is also a need to make patients feel more comfortable when speaking about the sensitive details of their health. During their time at the nurses station, waiting areas, or pharmacies, conversations can carry to the ears of others around them. Many patients who overhear such information become apprehensive to share their own information with their provider. This lack of confidence can make your patient uncomfortable and less likely to fully disclose information to a healthcare professional. Since Sound Masking limits the intelligibility of human speech, your patient can feel more comfortable and able to speak freely without their words being understood by others. Thus confidence is restored and HIPAA requirements are met.
The Sound Masking we provide is a cost-friendly and versatile system that can be used in a wide range of organizations. If you have any questions about how it can benefit your organization, contact us and we will be glad to answer your questions.
We offer sound masking Addison services that can help keep the noise in or out of key rooms and areas in your place of business. We have delivered outstanding services to numerous offices, hospitals, government buildings, and more.
When you need sound masking services, reach out to our team here at Phoenix Office Technology Services, LLC. We are based in Addison, TX, and serve clients from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
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