Are you surprised to learn that average size of offices has shrunk by 30 percent over the past decade? To combat these dwindling office sizes and to promote a sense of openness within the workplace, many companies are turning to the use of interior glass partitions. The use of glass ...read more
Can Open Offices with Glass Office Fronts Provide Speech Privacy?
Some 80 percent of offices these days are “open” , featuring plenty of glass office fronts, shared workspaces and few private offices. The most common complaints about this popular office design are distractions and the lack of speech privacy, due to having fewer walls and partitions to block sound. Survey after survey reveals that the lack of speech privacy and confidentiality is a major issues, creating employee dissatisfaction among nearly 70% of respondents.
On the other hand, designers and occupants alike give high ratings to natural light allowed by glass office fronts and the unique, creative environments that can be created with them. So how do you get the best of both worlds? Elegant, transparent and collaborative, but still equipped with the ability to maintain acoustical comfort and privacy? A highly effective and economical solution is to install a sound masking system the office space.
Sound masking is the addition of an unobtrusive background sound into an environment that covers up excess noise. Small speakers that emit the sound are placed in the ceiling or mounted to posts, and the background noise makes it such that conversations within a certain range can no longer overheard. Sound masking allows companies to retain their open-office vision and include prolific glass office fronts in the space, while ensuring the environment is still an acoustically comfortable place to work that offers privacy to employees.. As more businesses move to more collaborative and beautiful open spaces that feature glass office fronts, sound masking should continue to be an important part of the design process.
Baby Boomers comprised more than half of the U.S. workforce in 2010, but by 2020, they will be outnumbered by Millennials. A study by Forbes projects that three out of four workers will be ...read more