Nowadays, office environments have changed and the importance of interaction and teamwork has been gaining ground for the benefit of coexistence, creativity and good results in companies; However, like any substantial change, this style of work has also shown to have certain consequences that must be corrected if the real talent of the collaborators is to be promoted; acoustic comfort being possibly the most urgent situation to correct.
By acoustic comfort we mean that the space where the work is carried out maintains the necessary characteristics to promote privacy and tranquility and at the same time interaction; And precisely as it seems that we are referring to opposite factors is that it becomes so necessary that within the designs of office spaces this issue is considered from the beginning.
We are going to start by defining where the sound can come from, and how it could become a critical noise source, because the possibilities can be many and the way it affects can vary according to the sensitivity of the listener, affecting their health and productivity. .
The first of the factors is the ambient sound of the building itself, such as the air conditioning or the sound of cars in case of being near a road, these many times being part of the environment cannot be stopped by the will of the tenants space, so additional techniques are needed to buffer them.
The second source would be office equipment, such as printers or keyboards, since their use can generate certain sounds that are not always well received, with the advantage that at the time of purchase you can make the observation that it is required that they be silent or that they are little perceived, while the third source refers directly to human beings and their interactions, which, although it may be governed by certain company policies, cannot be avoided entirely for the employee's well-being and the company itself.
It is also important to note that noise is one of the factors that can most harm people who work in an office, with consequences as obvious as deconcentration and decreased efficiency, up to physiological and psychological alterations, and obviously producing job dissatisfaction.
Now, at this point is where the design of the spaces and the choice of furniture become key factors to combat this problem, for example one of the key factors is that from the design the position and the tasks that each one is considered of those present performs and takes into account the need for concentration and interaction that each of them should have, so that from the beginning the space is conditioned for the type of task that is going to be carried out.
Once the design itself is complete, the choice of furniture and structural elements is of the utmost importance, since furniture manufacturers today have been concerned with developing equipment with the correct materials and dimensions to help absorb sound. and in this way limit the inconvenience, as well as the choice of other elements such as rugs.
Another detail within the design is to have meeting rooms that are separated from the work areas so that they do not interrupt, either with paneling for more formal spaces or with a distance, if it refers to rest areas.
And finally, another detail that can be beneficial is the creation of special spaces, either to talk or to concentrate; In the first case, including a booth within the design can be a good idea if it is a work team that constantly needs to communicate with the outside, which must also be well located for the issue of transport does not affect those who use it, while reading and concentration rooms offer the opposite service, totally silent spaces for those who need to perform tasks that require it.
And understanding the above, it becomes totally relevant that work centers are aware of acoustics as a fundamental factor for the performance and well-being of employees, therefore, the accompaniment of experts can be essential to carry out concrete and efficient actions for the benefit of productivity in spaces.