Human energy is fluid with natural peaks and troughs throughout the day. In a heavily occupied space, these peaks are easily identifiable by almost insurmountable noise levels which counteract productivity targets.
Excessive workplace noise can be combated in one of three ways:
- Smart design: prevention is better than cure so integrating an acoustic management plan into your design from its inception will save you time, money and stress in the long run.
- Impact behaviours: create alternate spaces for noisy or long conversations and incentivise staff to use these spaces as required.
- Develop a culture: aligning certain spaces to certain behaviours can be extremely productive in influencing a new behavioural set i.e. people naturally comport themselves more quietly in a library.
A coordinated workplace strategy combines and aligns all the key elements including the physical, virtual, human and cultural aspects of your organisation. Whether mitigating noise pollution or orchestrating any of a myriad of nuisance workplace issues, a strategic and collective approach is your best determinant of successful change.