A modern take on acoustics
Regardless of the many years of evolution, the sense of hearing still functions best when surrounded by nature. Contemporary lifestyle, loud machines, transportation system and human activity all account for the sometimes overwhelming noise. Recently, specialists working in the field of acoustics introduced a new term: ‘noise pollution’ to describe the key problem of present workplaces.
What more, auditory impressions are an individual matter and even though some people don’t mind particular sounds, others may hate them. Music may be stimulating to one person, and absolutely annoying to another member of staff, especially if their job requires full concentration. Therefore, solutions that improve acoustics of neighbouring desks are invaluable in a modern office; soft fabrics, soundproof panels or height adjusted desks that differentiate and diffuse sound waves are beneficial, however, still not enough.
Dr. Vinesh Oommen of the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Bio-medical Innovation proved in his study that noises coming from a distance of 4-5metres are the most unwanted and bothersome, and that’s why effective space management is so important: sit co-workers with similar temperaments or working in the same team beside each other, allow controlled disturbances in social zones, create quiet work areas and isolated conference rooms.