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In our forthcoming episode of The Quiet Mark Podcast, our Host & CMO, Simon Gosling, enjoys an in-depth conversation with Moodsonic Founder Evan Benway and Ethan Bourdeau Sound Concept Lead at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) exploring this issue of noise in the workspace and ways to mitigate the problem.
Learn more about Moodsonic on our website here.
“The world is a noisy place, and it’s getting louder. At the same time, people may be less tolerant of noise in the post-pandemic work world. As employees head back to the office, 52% of office workers say they are concerned that noise levels in the office will make them less productive, according to a recent survey by HR Magazine. Nearly two-thirds of those people say they fear they’ll get fed up if their noisy coworkers break their concentration, and 42% worry that they’ll slip into “noise rage” if colleagues become too loud”.
To improve acoustics, companies are installing modular phone booths for quiet work and building huddle rooms with soundproofing that allows everyone in virtual meetings—both at home and in the office—to hear more clearly. Companies are also turning to “soundscaping.” One UK soundscaping company, Moodsonic, does this by playing a wide range of nature sounds, from the babble of a stream to island forests, inside client offices and thereby silencing noisy conversations or a surge in activity. The company’s software uses sensors to monitor areas of offices and automatically adjust the sounds, says Evan Benway, managing director of Moodsonic.
Read the full article on the Fast Company website here.