Studies have shown that collaboration and problem solving have significantly increased when organizations have transitioned to an open office environment. The bad news is these same studies have shown that open offices reduce concentration, speech privacy, and productivity.
Organizations live with the negative aspects of the open office because collaboration and problem solving are so important to organizational strategy. But, with soundmasking, you have the ability to realize the benefits of collaboration without losing productivity and privacy.
Soundmasking is the introduction of “pink noise” into your office environment to cover up unwanted sound by using auditory masking. The noise is turned up just loud enough that it is barely heard, but it’s loud enough that it reduces the audibility of side conversations and distractions.