Rose Mary Su
Labs & Sensitive Facilities Market Leader
I have a confession to make… I miss sound masking!
So, I’ve working in an open-plan office for the last 10 years where electronic sound masking is a big part of our office design. It is combined with a sound absorptive ceiling and taller-than-average (5′ to 6′ tall) office partitions. At times I questioned the effectiveness of this overhead electronic sound masking system. After all, I have always been pretty good at tuning things out while working in my office.
Sometimes, I would wonder: can’t we just turn it off once in a while? See how pleasant it is to be in a very quiet environment rather than having a constant masking sound more similar to HVAC noise? It will be a bit more like being at home, more relaxed, and perhaps I would be even more productive?
Well, it turns out, I got what I asked for this month. Our office is going through a renovation, and we have been shuffled into temporary work areas in an adjoining area. This place, like our actual office, is a combination of private rooms and open spaces. But, there is a lack of sound absorption in the ceiling and no electronic sound masking system. It is a fantastic way to test out a new work environment!
…Now, I’m starting a new day count: when I can move back to my old desk!