Sound Masking & Audio Solutions
Open spaces are popular. They are used to promote collaboration & teamwork and a fun working atmosphere. But they can be distracting too. Between office banter and phone calls some of your employees might find it hard to concentrate. That’s where sound masking comes in.
Sound masking is the addition of natural or artificial sound (i.e white noise/pink noise) into an environment to cover up unwanted sound. A sound mask is a barely noticeable soft ambient noise, enough to muffle or drown out the sound of talking. It’s different than simply turning on some loud music: research in acoustical engineering has led to the carefully chosen frequency ranges used in sound masking, which are designed to cover voices.
Sound Masking Benefits
- Protect Speech Privacy: Those who wish to have private conversations do not always have the option to move to a soundproof room or office. Sometimes, the conversation happens where it happens, no matter who is nearby. This can cause anxiety for anyone involved in the discussion, as they can’t be sure what information is being overheard.
- Increase Productivity and Concentration: Someone else’s conversation can be distracting, whether you’re paying attention to it or not. It can be even more distracting if the subject happens to be non-work-related. Sound masking provides the quiet environment required to work efficiently, while allowing others to have the discussions they need to have without distracting their teammates.
- Reinforce Confidentiality: A conversation may be confidential but can you really keep it that way with several people within earshot? An office or meeting room may feel secure, but there could be someone standing right outside the door who may overhear that confidential conversation, either intentionally or unintentionally. Protected by ambient noise, speakers and listeners feel more confident that their confidentiality is protected.
- Improve Employee Satisfaction: An inability to concentrate, the feeling that your co-workers are eavesdropping on your conversations, and the possibility of overhearing something you weren’t meant to overhear, can lead to low morale among employees. Valuing privacy and creating the atmosphere in which employees can do their best work are both important aspects of building a strong company culture and employee experience.
Sound masking can make your work environment more comfortable, creating peaceful surroundings for your employees and allowing them to be more productive and less distracted. For any business that values privacy, productivity, and high morale, sound masking technology is a simple, cost-effective way to create a better work environment.
A typical system is comprised of loudspeakers, amplifiers and a digital sound processor which is programmed to shape the noise to suit the particular environment.
Ask Digicom about our Sound Masking/White Noise solutions today.