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Acoustics play a critical role in office design but it cannot be considered in isolation – it’s more than just noise that has an impact on productivity at work. Numerous research studies have confirmed that noise, in addition to causing nuisance and disturbance in an office environment, is a primary cause of reduction in productivity and can contribute to stress and illness.

Modern workplaces seem to be in a constant state of change. Occupiers and designers discuss and debate every aspect – form versus function, open versus private, old versus new – but we should never lose sight of the principal purpose of the office: to aid the business function.

Open, flexible spaces seem to be the order of the day and whilst they can aid communication and collaboration, the noise associated with this type of arrangement can have a negative impact on the people who use them. Another key influence in workplace design today is the fact that many organisations are under pressure to reduce real estate costs. This means being creative and flexible with leases and square footage, which in turn has an impact on how employees work – often in less space with more noise and visual distraction.

Amidst all of these changes, the one constant is people. By 2020 we will have five generations in the workplace, all with different behaviours, tolerances and ways of working; It is important that architects, office designer and indeed any business with an office, consider the impact this will have.

With so many different factors affecting the workplace, you need an office specialist that can see the bigger picture. At Sagal, we can help you identify problem areas at design & build stage – or in an existing occupied space. We can offer expert advice and a range of products to help reduce noise, offer privacy where needed and increase productivity.